TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Returns Down, 'Shark Tank', 'Undercover Boss', 'Last Man Standing', 'Malibu Country' Up; Season Highs for 'Blue Bloods' & 'CSI: NY'

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January 12th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0,3/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.303 6.139 4.766 2.456 0.924


ABC and CBS tied for number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.5, up 7% from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Malibu Country garnered a 1.4. up 17% from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Shark Tank scored a 2.0, up 11% from last week's 1.8 among adults 18-49. 20/20 notched a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% from last week's 1.4.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up  20% from last week's 1.5. CSI:NY scored a  season high 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% from last week's 1.4. Blue Bloods garnered a season high 1.6. up 23% from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, a two hour Dateline scored a 1.4, down 7% from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Fringe earned a 0.8, down 20% from its last original's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating on December 21.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 11, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Undercover Boss 1.8/6 9.03
ABC Last Man Standing 1.5/5 7.05
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R 1.0/3 2.49
NBC 1600 Penn - R 0.8/3 3.13
CW Nikita - R 0.3/1 0.96
8:30 ABC Malibu Country 1.4/4 6.15
NBC 1600n Penn - R 0.9/3 2.92
9:00 ABC Shark Tank 2.0/6 6.84
CBS CSI: NY 1.6/5 10.74
NBC Dateline (9-11PM) 1.4/4 5.64
FOX Fringe 0.8/2 2.42
CW Arrow - R 0.3/1 0.89
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.6/5 11.13
ABC 20/20 1.5/4 4.98


via press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.2/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.7/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late
> Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.5/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * Friday season averages heading into this week were: in
> metered-market households, "Tonight," 2.8 rating, 7 share; "Late
> Show," 2.5/6; "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4. In
> the Local People Meters, 18-49 season averages for Friday were:
> "Tonight," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; "Jimmy
> Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5
> in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49
> in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • DeanW

    It’s interresting to see how Fringe is doing. There’s only 2 episodes left and the ratings are very low. I think it was a mistake to announce this Season as the final one.
    A 0.8 is a CW score. Supernatural is on its 8th Season and it got a 1.0-1.1. Even Smallville on Friday did not get so low ratings and it was older.

  • Liam

    Fringe was off over Christmas, so the drop in ratings were expected. So what the ratings were low this week, next week is the last ever time Fringe will ever be on TV with new episodes so viewers will return to see how the entire saga ends.

  • Nick

    @Granpa Radox

    Supernatural is on the CW, and it’s still pulling better numbers than Fringe.

    It’s hilarious when people make ratings up to suit their own misconseptions.

    Fringe season-to-date average: 1.0
    Supernatural season-to-date average: 0.9

    Fringe average for 2011-2012 season: 1.1
    Supernatural average for 2011-2012 season: 0.7

  • HalCapone

    A shame that Fringe is ending not only low but barely showing a pulse. The ratings universe is so unfair!!!

  • RJ

    Doubtful. Viewers rarely return for a series finale of a serial drama.

    No problem! Sorry for the harsh comment.

  • Granpa Radox

    What about 2012-2013? :)
    Supernatural 8th season on the CW is pulling better numbers than Fringe final season on Fox.

    And no, viewers won’t be back en masse for the finale, because Fringe is too serialized, and also so nonsensical that even lots of its hardcore fans got fed up and checked out.

  • LOLski

    LOL, Supernatural only survives because it’s a simple and dumbed down low budget show and it really shows. I wonder what’s wrong with you that you even feel the need to compare it to Fringe.

  • thesnowleopard

    It doesn’t really matter, since FOX has different ratings expectations than the CW–much, much higher ones. That Fringe has managed to average only a few tenths of a point higher than SPN (which is three seasons older and on a smaller network), with the difference between them diminishing each season, reflects poorly on Fringe not SPN. After this coming Friday, Fringe will be dead and SPN still won’t be, and that’s all that really matters.

    Also, the “My show is too brilliant to live!” excuse is such a ridiculous one that it almost doesn’t even belong in the Fan Excuse Bingo square. In my experience from reviewing some doomed shows, one of the signs that a show is dying comes when its fans all become convinced it is the best thing ever. While some great shows have certainly died before their time, this conviction is usually more a sign that most of the audience has stopped watching and only the most fanatical viewers remain. This excuse is not a sign of a show’s brilliance, but of how narrow and blinkered to its faults its audience has become.

    You mean, besides the fact that they were competing for the same time slot for two seasons?

  • Granpa Radox

    I was comparing the RATINGS.

    Anyway, this season Fringe is rehashing the good ole stereotypical Orwellian dystopia. A dictatorship run by the most boring and one-dimensional villains ever. I can’t think of nothing more dumbed down, formulaic, and pathetically low budget :D

  • CenterGravity

    This season of Fringe is getting really good! I can’t believe the ride is almost over.

    Popularity is not a determinant of quality. Bud Light outsells Chimay.

    @Dan S “May your favorite shows that I don’t watch go down in flames in the new year.”


    Go CSI: New York!

  • Dogg

    Fringe renewal was based on syndication and not ratings. It has their fanbase,but not sure how well it will do in reruns.I’m a fan, but this season was a letdown for me.

  • Brian

    Blue Bloods 1.6…now that is Funny..dead show airing!

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