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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  • Michael

    I thought for sure that Fringe would at least get a 1.2 on the series finale lol…

  • J.G.

    Ouch @ the ABC comedies. Though I think that the total viewership alone might be enough to keep both on the air (as long as MC doesn’t go below 5 million)

  • Jimmy James

    Fringe. We’ll never see it on a channel lower than 250 again.

  • Nick

    Yikes @ the ABC comedies!
    Sadly, it’s safe to say Malibu Country isn’t coming back. :(

  • Rodoz

    FACT: Nobody watches comedies on ABC unless they air the same night as Modern Family.

  • Tessa

    @Bad Wolf

    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 ?

    When it almost becomes a trade mark of a fandom and my only experience with it, then yes. Maybe if I saw a few of you telling the rest to stop it I would’ve judged the fandom differently. But their tirade and your silence makes me believe that’s the general consensus among the Fringe fans. We have 3 different fans saying the same thing on this thread alone and no counter arguments. If you don’t like the people to perceive you in a certain way maybe you should do something about it.

  • Patrick G.

    @ Jeff…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.

    I could not agree more!! The networks are scratching their heads as to why they keep losing viewers to cable and other outlets year after year, and not completing shows properly is a primary reason, as far as I’m concerned! At least cable announces their cancellations early enough to allow for proper closure of their shows, even the ones that failed.

    I am also still furious that ABC never ended “V” without an appropriate conclusion, instead leaving its fans hanging! Then again, ABC does this to ALL of their shows, except multi-year veterans that once were hits. They just did it again this year with “666” and “Last Resort.” I loathed 666 and tuned out after the dreadful pilot, but I was a fan of LR. Even canceled shows have millions of viewers, and these viewers just keep tuning the networks out when canceled shows they watched don’t get proper endings. They instead head to outlets where they know they will at least get a conclusion! What will it take for the networks to realize this? NO audience whatsoever for their shows?!?! Every Big 4 network president should demand that ALL the scripted shows they order in a new season be filmed with alternate endings that wrap up the story in the event the initial series order does not get renewed. It wouldn’t cost much more to just film 2 endings of the last episode in the order, like “Jericho” did with their second and last season. It would go a long way toward retaining network viewership by keeping the viewers happy. It makes economic sense, yet the net prexies keep telling their audiences to essentially F-off with each and every unresolved series cancellation. I, for one, am largely tuning out ABC for this reason. Someone needs to tell Paul Lee to F off and give him a different kind of F, namely a FIRING for his FAILURES!!

  • Oliver

    @Patrick G

    Both LR and 666 have proper endings filmed. 666 might not air (although ABC really should, even if it’s just Saturday in summer), but it’ll certainly be on Netflix.

    I agree that shows should have proper endings, though. I think that it will happen more and more often going forward because it increases the show’s value on Netflix/Hulu.

  • Billy

    Blue Bloods has to be one of the oldest skewing shows on TV. Almost no one under 50 watches it.

  • Michael

    I have to say congrats to Beauty & The Beast (repeat), it almost tied Nikita with a new airing!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The Fringe ending was OK, but not impressive. There were some moments there I liked, particularly the bringing back of all the season one monsters unleashed on the Observers. That was funny as well as gross. :-)

    Nikita was great, sorry it didn’t get a higher rating. Perhaps it will go up a point next week. Amazed what they did to Michael, although I suspect it may not be permanent. They can re-attach things these days as John Wayne Bobbitt proved. :-)

    This is one reason Nikita is so great a show – they aren’t afraid to do major shocking things, like Alex shooting Nikita, Nikita shooting Alex, and now this.

    Shane also got to smooch Lyndsy. I tweeted to him how tough his job must be… :-)

    Happy to see Sonya is still around. Based on tweets from the cast while the show was playing back east, and Maggie’s tweet about loss, I was concerned Sonya wouldn’t make it.

  • tscchope

    Thus passed Fringe. Not with a bang , but with a ratings whimper.Nearly 90% of fans voting were wrong- clearly WB were successful in making a show that appealed to Fringe fans and to nobody else as was their stated intention

    No,w for reports on Frday ratings there’ll be a picture drawn from a show other than Fringe. It wass really quite offensive and insulting to use a picture from Fringe, when Fringe was being shown, every time ratings for Friday information was being reported.

    @Patrick G – peruse the Fan Excuse Bingo section.

    If Nikita were not heading for syndication next year, not even berng on CW would save it. People may have assumed Beauty and the Beast was a new episode and just left the TV on.

    I think I read that Fox shows are 27% down on viewers year on year and that Reily isn’t good enough.

  • Tom

    “I have to say congrats to Beauty & The Beast (repeat), it almost tied Nikita with a new airing!’

    And just wait until this Thursday when those million of fans who voted for B&B on the People’s Choice Awards tune in to watch the latest episode!

  • Ultima

    Though I think that the total viewership alone might be enough to keep both on the air

    Total viewership is worth absolutely nothing to the networks and plays no part in a show’s renewal prospects.

  • Adrian

    I agree This season of Nikita is painfully bad in so many ways. Where should I start. No I dont have the time ………..

  • Dan

    Well goodbye Fringe, a low rated fan loved show that started out with promise but then subsequently slipped but at least got to 100 episodes despite airing on Fox and being produced by WB.

    @Bill – What’s next in the sites search engine, we’ve had

    Chuck Ratings
    Fringe Ratings
    Grimm Ratings?

  • Dan

    Last Man Standing and Malibu Country slipped to lows this week, however due to Friday slack I think the shows will remain 50/50 all season.

  • marspolarlander

    Good bye Fringe – you will be missed. The finale was very rewarding. Thank you for this great story. :-D

  • Cara

    CBS did well last night!

  • Winning C.

    CBS has actually been hot lately on Fridays especially with NY and Blue Bloods. I think NY needs to comeback whether CBS wants it or not.

    Just look at Apt. 23 and HE’s ratings and that’ll sum how much better ABC is doing even with low demos for their Friday comedies.

    FOX’s loyalty to Fringe has my deepest respect that was some real loyalty right there. Congratulations to Fringe fans for getting their show to 4 seasons. I’m not a Fringe fan but the haters are looking real stupid for making fun of their ratings all this time yet the show got this far in the game and FOX gave it a conclusion.

    Nikita has done well ever since moving up to 8pm and based on these repeat ratings I think The CW is going transition Beauty and the Beast over to Fridays at 9pm as long as its doing well overseas. It would be a good fit with Nikita.

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