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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  • Felipe Nikita

    @Richard Steven Hack
    You said it all about Nikita, dude

  • alberts7th

    As For Fringe, John Noble you are an Excellent talent !! Loved the Outsider movie too . Ron

  • Brian

    Bye Bye Blue Bloods !

  • thesnowleopard

    And in the second case, you generally have fans who have irritated people on the site by ranting about “haters” and their show being the most brilliant thing on the air, how anybody who doesn’t watch their show is a moron or perhaps even evil. This thread already has plenty of that.

    So, deliberately insulting anyone who doesn’t watch your show and then complaining when people are rude back seems a bit silly, don’t you think?

    Your post is full of inaccuracy. Nikita was heavily promoted in its first season and had the best slot right after The Vampire Diaries. It started high (about three and a half million) and had a retool later that fall when it started to lose audience. This did not stop it losing half of its audience over the course of that season and that is why it was moved to Fridays. From season two to season three, it lost half of its audience once again. This was on top of its getting terrible demos from the latter half of its first season onward.

    The TV industry is about ratings, from which it makes money via advertising. Measured by that criterion, Nikita is a failure. That the network is trying to make back some money on the show by taking it to a syndication number doesn’t make the show a success. So, calling it a flop is not insulting. It’s simple fact. Nikita *is* a flop.

    And there is nothing “dumb” about critiquing the show’s ratings on a *ratings site.* What is dumb is thinking that discussing the show’s quality (subjectively judged by what few fans it has left) on a *ratings site* is relevant when its ratings are so bad.

    You can “hate on” Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries all you want. They’re still likely to be around long after Nikita has been cancelled. If Arrow keeps its ratings up, it probably will be, too. That’s what happens when a show gets good ratings.

    And excuse me while I laugh at your idea that cable shows are automatically higher quality than network shows because they aren’t made for money. Cable companies may have a somewhat different business model than the major networks, but it’s still about business and it’s still about making money. No show, regardless of its quality, is any more likely to survive on cable than on a major network if its ratings aren’t up to snuff.

  • mary kaitlin

    Would someone please tell me how this site gets its ratings? Do they use the same people week after week to do the rating? If so, how is that fair to the shows they do not like? Sometimes, these ratings lok so one sided and a lot of shows that viewers actually like get cancelled and awful shows stay on for many seasons. And does anyone know if Reba will get a second season with MC? Thanks to anyone who will answer this.

  • huh.

    The ratings are based on viewership. They are not ratings of quality.

  • MichaelChickless

    I’ll be curious to see the DVR numbers for Fringe.

    I’d like to thank FOX and WB for keeping this gem on the air for 100 episodes.

  • mary kaitlin

    How do the raters know who views what show? It seems to me if the raters like a show-good for it. if not, then it is cancelled. Is this correct? Who picks the raters? Thanks, huh.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “How do the raters know who views what show? It seems to me if the raters like a show-good for it. if not, then it is cancelled. Is this correct? Who picks the raters? Thanks, huh.”

    The video here may be helpful.


  • mary kaitlin

    Thanks Bill Gorman. Still rooting for Malibu Country!

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