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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  • Ultima

    Gunsmoke Rule for a 2009 show?

    Yes. You seem to not get the point of the rule…

    Hahaha fringetards are so funny.

    I like Dollhouse (how I found this site actually) and have never watched Fringe. I just happen to be able to look at a show’s numbers without being emotionally attached to them.

    Also, I’ll assume that since you’ve had to resort to ad hominems that you no longer have anything useful to say.

  • Tessa


    I feel like a member of an exclusive club that “got it.” I feel bad for those that left and didn’t “get it.”

    Sure because everyone who left the show it did it because they were too dumb to “get it” and didn’t belong to your exclusive MENSA club.

  • Dan S

    Great finale to a great series. With Fringe now retired I suspect the next bubble show for people to debate over has to be Nikita. This show I was truly surprised to see get a 3rd season. Now that it has it’s widely expected it’ll get a 4th season for syndication. Looking forward to Fox’s next big hit The Following debuting on Mon. Are we going to get a poll to guess its premiere numbers ? I’m thinking low 3’s around 3.2 or 3.3

  • TheFollowing

    See you in cable Fringe!

    Anybody knows when is the release date of Fringe on Science channel? Not just the marathon.

  • Tessa

    @Dan S

    Nikita is a tricky one to debate. With the prospect of syndication looming no one can predict what will happen. The ratings are bad enough for cancellation but the show is in its third season and just a season short of the syndication boon. But still, if it goes further down, there can be a question of how much the CW is willing to put up with. Then again, their other shows aside from the top three aren’t flourishing in the ratings either.

  • Bad Wolf

    @Ricky & Tessa

    So, a half dozen of people being elitist on a website make you dislike a fandom as a whole ? Good, very good ! I hope you won’t be disappointed if I tell you it’s a pleasure not knowing you ?

    Perdix ‘s comment about procedurals is hardly hypocritical, Ricky. Fringe has developped a myhtology since day one with the pattern. What’s hypocritical is talking about Fringe as a procedural for much of its first season and ignoring the other FOUR seasons which mostly abandoned this ‘lazy and unambitious, if you ask me, but that’s just an opinion) side of the show.

    And finally, I don’t get what trashing other people and hating on the shows they like for the sake of it bring to your life. If it’s really a pleasure for you, spoiling the joy of someone who became attached to a show and celbrating its end, well, I feel really, really sorry for you.


    Try again, maybe next time your comment will actually be interesting and useful…

  • Patrick G.

    @ Moose…TOUCHE !! ;)

    @ Esdru…it’s trolls like you who Moose was recferring to. And Richard Steven Hack. And Max, etc. Too many to name :(

    And as for your ludicrous comment, Esdru, the Gunsmoke Rule says you cannot compare the ratings of one show to another in comparison beyond the immediately prior season because network viewership is eroding annually and has been since 1960, thus making the definition of a show’s ratings success constantly changing based on today’s new and lower ratings realities. 2009 was 4 years ago, which is why you were being called out. Comparing “Dollhouse” numbers then to “FRINGE” numbers now is a violation of the Gunsmoke Rule. But, even if both shows were indeed airing in the same season, FRINGE’s numbers were still superior. What don’t you understand there?!

  • Rebecca

    The Following (with Kevin Bacon) sounds a bit like the recent movie The Raven, where Edgar Allen Poe himself was helping the local police try to solve copycat killings (torture/killings direct from Poe’s stories)…I don’t plan to watch The Following but I hope the series will be better than that movie (which was so so in my opinion).

    Still enjoying LMS…getting used to the cast changes but still not liking them. Funny show, though.

  • psychic

    Wow. The Fringe finale…
    I’ll say this. A: It didn’t suck at all, and B: Anyone who wasn’t watching obviously missed out on some of the most emotional and badass scenes of all time.

  • psychic

    Wow. The Fringe finale…
    I’ll say this. A: It didn’t suck at all, and B: Anyone who wasn’t watching obviously missed out on some of the most emotional and badass scenes of all time.

  • Shepherd

    I guessed 1.1 for Fringe, but never would have thought 1.1 for eight o’clock and 1.0 for nine. I completely thought the nine o’clock airing would have the higher ratings.

  • Oliver

    @Dan S

    I suspect Community is the next Fringe/Chuck. Bubble ratings, beloved niche show, vocal young-skewing fanbase. Then again, if season 4 with the new showrunners is bad, perhaps no-one will care.

    The New Normal might get some buzz from the Glee tumblr crowd if it looks like it’s heading for cancellation.

  • JimSweatsBullets67


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

    SUCK IT.

    You definitely got that last bit wrong then. That finale was terrible. So yeah, “SUCK IT” yourself.

  • Jeff

    I applaud Fox for caring enough about Fringe viewers to let the show finish properly. Never watched it myself, but I am a big fan of networks renewing lower rated shows for limited episodes to finish off properly. I think anything past a first season deserves that, and the networks need to honor the fans of the shows that make the network’s money. I am still mad that ABC cut off V with a cliffhanger. At least do a 4 episode wrap-up or even a 2hour movie. It’s insulting to fans of shows to be left hanging.

  • DeanW

    Yeah CSI: NY first in iys timeslot and it beat Blue Bloods. CBS should Renew it at least for a 13 episodes tenth Season :)

  • GG

    Flopita is the most embarrassing excuse for a tv show.

  • bigbrotherfan

    It’s nice to see that Nikita held steady. It’s a entertaining show nonetheless and should be watched for that reason alone. Sure, it’s not exactly emmy material but it’s better than a lot of the stuff the CW offers (Emily Owens, Carrie Diaries and Beauty and The Beast I’m looking at you!). Atleast the lead took an acting lesson or two (ARROW THATS DIRECTED AT YOU! AMELL IS AWFUL!)

    Whoa! Malibu Country went DOWN! I’m not surprised. Next to 1600 penn it’s the most UNFUNNY show out there. HALF the demo it appeals to likely aren’t even home or want to be home on Fridays. This show MAY make next season if it raises to a 1.4 again and can hold those levels to the end of the season, so we’ll see. Then again, its REBA so ABC maybe inclined to do a retool and we’ll see what happens.

    Good for Fringe, I guess. I never saw one episode of this series but I found myself rooting for it. I’m aware of the show and what it’s about. I read the recaps from time to time so a 1.0 is a laughable end for a series that once was doing 3’s BUT given it’s recent airings it’s okay, I guess.

    wow Shark Tank repeats well!

    sad ratings all around but PLEASE CW dont ever EVER air another top model cycle on a regular season. Thanks. This line up looks so much cleaner not much reality planned trash!

  • Oliver

    I wonder whether LMS/MC were hurt by Off Their Rockers. NBC has scheduled OTR repeats in that slot again next week but, presumably, the week after they will air a repeat Do No Harm.

  • Ram510

    Well I’m happy Nikita wasnt down. Last nights episode was really good! Now I hope they air the rest of its episodes with little to no interruption cause last night was only episode 7 of the season, most other shows are on episode 10-11. I think that’ll help pick up viewers once people realize its in longer than 2 weeks at a time

  • KS

    I wouldn’t say I loved Fringe finale. But I liked it. This season was relatively boring as compared to the first 4 seasons, but it’s still a great episode and a great show.

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