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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  • Emy

    Any chance of getting ratings for each hour?

  • John A

    Dollhouse fell to a 0.6 too. Anyway Dollhouse aired what 3 yrs ago and had a ending lol get over that crap being canned.

  • Ultima


    Also, Dollhouse’s second/final season it averged a 0.8; in the three seasons since then, Fringe has averaged 1.6, 1.1, 1.0.

    Claiming Dollhouse had better ratings than Fringe is absurd.

  • Dennis

    Fox’s cult sci-fi drama Fringe bowed out last night with decent while unspectacular numbers for its series finale. The two-hour closer (1.0/3 in adults 18-49, 3.1 million viewers) was up 25% from last week in 18-49, matching its last season finale in the demo. In total viewers, the final episode was up 3% from last week for a season high and Fringe‘s most watched episode in nearly a year.

  • Statix

    Nikita is becoming painfully bad.

  • Dennis

    Fringe ratings were way better then Dollhouses

  • Jiji Moran

    Just came to say good bye to “Fringe.” One of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched, and I’ve watched many.

    Some questions remain, for me, but chances are it is my head which is off and not the show.

    Like… the picture on alt-Olivia’s desk, was it Henry with alt-Olivia and Lincoln? Why was the boy gesturing Olivia to be quiet? What was the purpose of the boy being captured, maybe to find out who is the boss? If Walter is to disappear from the timeline because he went with “Michael” to the future, when did he send Peter the white tulip? (missed the address in the envelop) and what would be the reassoning/explanation behind his disappearance in the 2015 timeline?

    Okay, I’m gone. Great run for Fringe, thanks to the creators and Fox for keeping it going regarless of numbers.

    “The Following” seems interesting, will give it a view.

  • Tessa

    Again I called it. 0.9-1.0 was my prediction but once I saw the vote/read the comments in the poll I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to be the Debbi Downer of that thread.

    Farewell Fringe. You went against my favorite show and intrigued me for a while. I hope the fans are satisfied with the way it ended.

  • Ultima

    Same Fringe ratings during its last two seasons.

    Dollhouse S2 (2009-10) – 1.0, 0.9, 1.0, 0.8, 0.8, 0.8, 1.0, 0.8, 0.7, 0.7, 0.8, 0.8, 0.9

    Fringe S5 (2012-13) – 1.1, 1.0, 1.0, 0.9, 0.9, 0.9, 0.9, 0.9, 1.1, 1.0, 0.8, 1.0, 1.0

    If that looks the same to you, then you can’t read.

  • Moose

    Fringe was a decent series, not bad, not great. I watched it all for what it was. I have seen worse. I thought the ending was predictable.

    I don’t post here often anymore or visit for that matter. The trolling for the sake of trolling has really gotten out of hand here. It is childish and sad. I have a thick skin, I can deal with it, but it really is getting old.

    I don’t know if the number of people visiting this site are up or down. It isn’t any of my business, so I am not asking. If they are down, I wouldn’t be surprised if trolling is the reason why.

    If a series isn’t your cup of tea, so be it. But it isn’t necessary to trash someone else who may like it. It doesn’t need to get personal.

  • Esdru


    Gunsmoke rule for a 2009 show?

    Hahaha fringetards are so funny.

  • Esdru


    WOW! Awesome +0.1 increases! It deserves a season 10 renewal!

    You blind fanatic.

  • Tessa


    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.

    You sure you didn’t leave out anything? How about “boring News programs” or “childish cartoons”?

    It’s elitist attitude like this from a section of Fringe fans that makes me not like them as a whole.

  • Hello

    Proud to say I haven’t watched one single episode of Fringe.

    Kind of sad for someone to say that a TV show gave them “incredible five years.”

  • Lane

    A 1.0 for a series finale is pathetic. Went out with a whimper.

  • Lane

    Chuck> Fringe ratings wise.

  • Ricky

    @KS: Basically, what Perdix said – he quoted direct from Wikipedia on that one. I’m not so sure what the “special technology” is, though. A little extra detail: the killer used to be a college professor, and he has a real fascination with Edgar Allan Poe (which is why the ads for the series – at least, those that come up all the time here in the States – have a raven in them.)

    @Tessa: Don’t forget to point out – his comment about procedurals was really hypocritical, given that Fringe was a “Monster of the Week” procedural a la The X-Files for much of its first season.

  • Bad Wolf


    Oh come on, go spill your venom elsewhere, you’re trying to make a REAL failure look like a hit while Ultima is just reminding you facts, whether you like them or not. So who’s the fanatic ?

  • Bad Wolf


    Fringe > Chuck number of episodes wise ;-)

  • Patrick G.

    @ JiJi Moran…the boy in the alt universe picture with Bolivia and Lincoln was THEIR son. Remember, Lincoln crossed over there permanently in the penulitmate episode of Season 4 to be with a version of Olivia who could love him, since our Olivia could not due to her love for Peter.

    The boy, Michael, was captured to give all the details of the Plan to the Observers so they would all be at the time-jump point for their own destruction. Michael WANTED them to know since he can see all the variations of one’s choices, and he knew they needed to know the Plan details in order to converge at that point to be destroyed. That is also why he was telling Olivia to be quiet, so she could just observe what was supposed to happen, as already seen by him. Michael knew what was going to occur, but Olivia did not, so it was his way of telling her to just “hush, and enjoy the moment.” And it was a “wink” for the audience to do the same.

    As for Walter, he only disappeared from the timeline in 2015 when the moment in time that the Observers invaded ceased to exist. That moment was when Olivia, Peter and Etta were in the park. The Plan in the future succeeded, but because Walter and Michael accomplished that task, it erased Walter from the point at which time was changed. Walter lives in the future now and thus cannot also be in 2015. Thus the “paradox” which they explained in the episode. But, Walter existed in ALL the time up to when it changed, so he was able to send Peter the white tulip before that happened.

    There has been talk of a FRINGE movie, or possibly even some direct-to-DVD films, a-la “Stargate SG-1″ after its cancellation, so leaving Walter stuck in the future leaves open a door if Warner Brothers truly makes any FRINGE films. We would presumably get him back then.

    Hope this helps?! ;)

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