TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Series Finale Even With Season 4 Finale, 'Last Man Standing' & 'Malibu Country' Slip + 'Nikita' Returns Flat

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January 19th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.519 5.390 4.621 3.208 1.086


CBS was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, Last Man Standing earned a 1.3, down two tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Malibu Country garnered a 1.1, down three tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 notched a 1.2, down three tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Undercover Boss earned a 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. CSI:NY was even with last week's season high 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Blue Bloods garnered a 1.5, down a tenth from last week's season high 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, a two hour Dateline scored a 1.2, down two tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the two-hour series finale of Fringe earned a 1.0, up two tenths from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating and even with last year's season 4 finale. Your predictions were far too optimistic.

On The CW, Nikita was even with the 0.4 its last original earned a month ago.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, January 18, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS Undercover Boss 1.9 6 9.45
ABC Last Man Standing 1.3 5 6.66
FOX Fringe (8-10PM) 1.0 3 3.21
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R (8-9PM) 0.9 3 3.67
CW Nikita 0.4 1 1.28
8:30PM ABC Malibu Country 1.1 4 5.84
9:00 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.5 4 5.54
CBS CSI:NY 1.6 5 10.61
NBC Dateline (9-11PM) 1.2 3 5.09
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.3 1 0.89
10:00 PM CBS Blue Bloods 1.5 5 11.5
ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.38


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  • David Howell

    1.0. Ouch. I didn’t think it’d have THAT small a rally!

  • Ali

    1.0 right on the money. anyone who thought a 1.5 was crazy. rip fringe! best show ever!!

  • Pedro

    Goodbye Fringe, thank you for this incredible 5 years!

  • @lex

    Lol BATB ,TCD premieres 3 times and earn 1.16…

  • Dennis

    Well if it only got a 1.0 for season 4 finale it was hardly going to do much better.

    An Amazing 2 hours of television

  • fringegot5seasons

    To all the haters who mocked me for thinking Fringe would make it to 5 seasons, 100 episodes, and a great finale:

    SUCK IT.

    Farewell Fringe, best show on TV, you had a good run. Thanks to Fox for the renewals and support.

    Hey, at least the finale got a 1.0!

  • Dennis

    Season high in viewership nonetheless

  • Felipe Nikita

    Nikita was awesome last night omg!


    Terrible for ABC comedies. Dropping hard. On another, think this is first time in a long time shark Tank has lost in the demo(even tho it was a repeat)

  • Greg

    Wow, Malibu Country fell very hard. I wonder what they’ll do if LMS gets renewed and Malibu Country cancelled. LMS won’t survive on any other weekday anymore and it can’t air all by itself and it would be foolish to try a new comedy there. Maybe give Happy Endings one more season so it can reach syndication and dump it after LMS?

  • David Howell

    Amidst the focus here on Fringe, CBS’s Friday dominates the night again, and the case for cancelling The Good Wife and/or The Mentalist grows that little bit more.

    How long can Undercover Boss really keep going though? That show’s longevity astounds me. Not in televisual terms, purely in terms of how long they can make episodes for without them being caught out, ruining the show. Maybe they *have* been caught out, and that’s why they’ve rushed The Job to series as a replacement…

  • Liam

    Good figures and ratings for Fringe. Not the best but I am still happy the series went out properly. The most total viewership since 3×19 and down 0.1 from the premiere 18-49 demo rating.

  • JR35

    It’s amusing to see how “into it”/serious some get in regards to these “fan wars.”

    That looks to be a low for “Malibu Country,” barring an adjustment (which would tie its low, I think).

  • Perdix

    Goodbye Fringe! One of the best shows on TV. Far better than any crappy reality sucking show, sloppy insensitive comedies, dull racist dramas, merry-go-round procedurals and pretentious sci-fi shows that still getting good ratings.

    Say hello to TOUCH!

  • Kat

    I’m not surprised Fringe didn’t have any kind of ratings surge – it’s not really the kind of show you can just jump back into if you haven’t been watching. The .9-1.0 it’s been getting was a good representation of the loyal fanbase it had, and they all tuned in to see it go. For low rated, highly serialized shows, that’s probably the best that can be hoped for. Good showing, and good luck to the cast going forward.

    Happy to see Nikita steady. I’d still love for it to go up, but I’m not really expecting it. A .4 was good enough to get it renewed last season, and now it’s even closer to syndication. If it can remain steady at a .4, I think it’ll get another season. Honestly, as a fan of the show, I’m kind of content either way. If they end the show this season, even if they don’t tell the writers until after the finale is filmed, I have faith we’ll get a finale that will satisfy (they did a good job last season giving us a finale that would have worked as a series finale if they hadn’t been renewed). And if they get renewed for a 4th season to reach syndication, I think they’ll come up with something great for it. Really the only scenario that would bother me is if they shut down production and we don’t get *any* ending, but I can’t imagine any situation where that would happen.

  • Esdru

    Pathetic ratings for Fringe. Least profitable show ever made.

  • Dennis

    Peter…will now go to the lab, see Walters final tape, explaining what he has done.

    In the alt universe FRINGE season 6 would be about the FRINGE teams efforts to rescue Walter from the future.

    So i like to think

  • rob60990

    Series lows for both ABC comedies. LMS has more of a chance of coming back than MC.

  • Dennis


    lololol your comment is pathetic.

    Explain how it is the “least profitable show ever made”…

    See you can’t! Fool

    Ridiculous comment if I ever seen one

  • John A

    Oh well at least Fringe got a 1.0.

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