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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  • cass rowland

    come on now nelisen last man standing and malibu country have been doing pretty well lately please dont screw us over now

  • DenverDean

    @Eridapo’s Season-to-Date numbers only include L+SD. Nielsen includes L+7. Additionally, during Sandy, several days were rated, but will NOT be included for an individual’s show’s rating because the sample was not right (too many NE markets weren’t counted). Additionally, some shows like CBS Wednesday line-up (night before Thanksgiving) were marked as specials and are not counted. Not sure if these include repeats, which impact CBS more than any other network. (ABC tends to bench shows like OUAT, Revenge, etc.)

  • eridapo

    @ Omabin,

    I been keeping an file since the start of the season for Scripted. The data comes from this site, the Futon Critic, SpottedRatings, and Marc Berman’s site. The data for A25-54 and A18-34 primarily comes from SonOfTheBronx (follow him on twitter or Facebook) who if I’m not mistaken also sometimes administers Berman’s site. Each night he puts out a report breaking down the ratings by demo. Additional demo info. is taken from the Networks press releases. The press releases for CBS/ Fox/ CW usually give you demo information as well. CBS emphasizes A25-54 while Fox and CW the A18-34.

  • GARY

    Has the CW found a Friday action duo?

  • eridapo


    Yes… Only L+SD. The L+7 data is usually three weeks behind (and is not always available for all shows). If a network denotes something as a special or something else), I’ve included here if the ratings are available. The Networks and Nielsen might say differently, but I think if it airs and it was rated it goes on the list.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Patrick G.

    Show the ratings info that “proves” networks are losing viewers because they cancel shows without “proper” endings. There’s plenty of evidence out there that networks have been losing viewers for the past few decades, but the evidence indicates that the Internet is a far greater problem for live TV ratings than the zillion TV shows over the past seven decades that didn’t get “good” endings.

  • Saísse

    Poor Nikita :(

  • E

    Another 11 million for Blue Bloods. Any network would be hard pressed to find a show that would be consistently drawing over 11 million each week. The best show on TV. Tom Selleck deserves an Emmy.

  • John A

    Lol Fringe haters had to have 1 last go at the show. Enjoy it while we had 5 seasons of a great show.

  • Durden

    Fringe is one of most succesfull tv series in the whole world except USA.Keep watching stupid comedies and procedurals

  • Matt

    Even though Malibu Country and Last Man Standing dip once in a while, they are doing tremendous for being ABC’s first 2 Friday scripted originals in more than 5 years. MB premiered to almost 10 million and garnered a 2.3 for its premier on a friday!? It has been steady in the 1.4-1.7 range, which is good for Friday and has managed 6-7 million every episode, which is even better than some weekly ABC originals! Both always win their half hours and even sometimes win the hole 8PM hour and beat CBS’s originals! ABC will renew them, as they have proved to do above par on Friday nights, especially since a lot of people expected them to be doing below 1.0 and around 3 million by now…

  • Richard Steven Hack

    After reviewing the comments here, I have to say some of the comments re Fringe are over the line. When I criticize the show, it’s because of perceived flaws. When I criticize the fans, it’s because of behavior similar to that of some of these Fringe haters.

    I consider season five of Fringe to have been horribly bad and an insult to seasons one and two and the potential the show had in its early seasons. But, like TSCC, there was always good things about the show regardless of season – acting, for one. Like TSCC, I’ve probably never actually hated the SHOW per se but the producers, the writers and *some* of the fans.

    And my main criticism of the fans was their fanaticism about its renewal when the ratings didn’t justify it. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, as they say, Claiming credit when the show was renewed first to get to syndication and then to add revenue to its syndication potential is not intellectually honest.

    I saw an interview today with Maggie Q in which she mentioned that the writers try to make each season’s finale one that would serve as a series finale. She also mentioned that she thinks four seasons would be enough to wrap up the show. So while it doesn’t appear that she knows the show will get a fourth season, she seems confident that it will and she will be satisfied with four seasons.

    She credited the fans for this, but like I said on Fringe above, the reality is that Nikita is only getting two more seasons because of syndication. She really should credit herself and her star status in Asia because most likely without that the show would have ended after season two.

    This season of Nikita HAS been less great than the first two seasons. There was a deliberate effort to make the first three episodes stand alone which made them less interesting. And the return of Amanda has only improved the show to a certain degree. There hasn’t been the same great “chess match” between Nikita and Amanda as existed between Nikita and Percy. However, this week’s episode was the strongest yet and I expect the show will improve over the next 15 episodes. The writers are not afraid to throw shockers in like what happened this week and that’s one of the show’s strong points. We can expect many more until this season is over.

    I continue to believe that the low ratings of Nikita have nothing to do with the quality of the show, which remains excellent (if not Emmy material.) I think it’s simply because the show is on the wrong network and it’s not a teen stroke show or a fantasy show a la a lot of the CW’s other shows. It happens sometimes that a good show simply doesn’t resonate with the audience of the network it’s on – or even that it wouldn’t resonate with any audience for some reason other than actual quality issues.

    I remain convinced that Nikita will get a fourth season which will be the end of it and that’s great for me since it’s my favorite show.

    And that’s not just because all those babes are so hot! Like that wild scene with Birkhoff in season two Amanda can stick a drill up my nose any time as long as she climbs on me to do it like she did him! LOL :-)

  • omabin


    Thanks a lot for the explanation! I think 18-34 are undervalued here when it comes to evaluate how safe a show is, especially because this demo is getting more and more scarce, so the more valuable it becomes

  • Billy

    ABC comedies not doing well. I hope ABC is patient with them. It is Friday and not many young people are watching TV.

  • Pedalstle

    The ABC comedies are still exceeding my expectations even these numbers from last night. When you look at their strength which is viewership they’ve been real consistent in that area. I think part of the problem of why they could be doing better than they are is that multi-cams work better in a 2 hour block which is why ABC should and will likely expand to two hours on Fridays next season. Comedies haven’t really been airing on Fridays on broadcast TV in years now so they got a lot of work ahead of them just draw comedy viewers back to the night.

    Like somebody mentioned earlier you look at Apt. 23 and Happy Endings ratings its like night and day. These comedies are already getting more viewers than Surburgatory and Neighbors with no help.

    I still don’t know why CBS shortened CSI: NY’s season so much, it is hard to find shows that can do that well on a Friday. My only thinking would be that Blue Bloods which is the strongest Friday show in years will probably be the anchor of the night if they decide not to bring back NY.

    On The CW, I think they finally made the right move by moving Nikita up an hour and I think Beauty and the Beast could fit perfectly on this night right behind it. I actually think this move will be made in the fall for sure.

  • HalCapone

    Once again, every nursing home and graveyard have their rabbit ears antennae pointed toward their CBS station.

  • Mickey

    Fringe went out with a bang. I loved season 5, it was really kickass. Moving the action to a post-invasion dystopic future was a brilliant way to up the ante and escalate to an even bigger climax–which the finale delivered in spades. They did a great job of bringing in elements and themes from previous seasons to add tightly woven cohesion.

    Considering they had the bear breathing down their neck their whole run, kudos to the series for not only outrunning the bear for five seasons, but telling such a great story with both coherence and closure despite knowing they could get chomped at any second. Here’s to an awesome show that defied the odds!

  • KJ Styles

    @Ricky- “This weekend, we say goodbye to Fox’s best”

    Wait a minute, we already said goodbye to House in May of last year! :)

  • HalCapone

    It’s always sad when good science fiction/fantasy genre programming ends. I will miss Fringe greatly, although I have not yet watched this final season’s episodes. Revolution is not even minor league science fiction and does nothing for me. When will the next great science fiction/fantasy show appear?

  • Wright

    I’m really going to miss Fringe and especially Walter. To all the haters out there even with all you complaining about the show we still got 5 seasons, 100 episodes and a great ending.

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