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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  • JakeSnake

    Low viewership or not I’m glad the show got the ending it deserved. Fringe was the best show on television in a long time. Fringe you will be missed.

  • jake

    Smallville finale rated better (1.3 I remember).

  • OERM

    Malibu Country should air after Modern Family, and the Nashville.
    Suburgatory back to 8:30.
    LMS on friday at 8:00 pm and later Happy Endings, it’s the only way to save the comedies, except Don’t Trust the B …

  • Alexis

    Didn’t watch Fringe (tried it and didn’t like it), but happy for its fans that it lasted as long as it did and had a proper conclusion. As a Nikita fan, I feel a certain kinship with the Fringies, since it seems cerebral TV shows with good writing, a talented cast, and complex stories & characters have to fight tooth and nail to survive these days.

    Also, whether it’s Fringe, Nikita or any other low-rated show, I wonder what kind of satisfaction people derive from making comments like “LOL, [x]’s ratings are so pathetic, what a flop!”. And whether it was Mommy or Daddy who didn’t give them enough hugs when they were growing up.

  • jamandas


    Loved your comment about what you think would happen next totally agree.

    Was hoping for a 1.1 or 1.2 but not shocked with the 1.0. Fringe was a show you had to watch every week to fully understand what was going on it required a lot of thought which seems most Americans don’t care for when you look at the ratings for reality TV.

  • Granpa Radox

    Actually, there are shows with great writing, a multiple Emmy-winner cast, and very complex and multilayered stories and characters, that aren’t struggling at all, like Breaking Bad, or Person Of Interest.

  • Peggy Sims

    It seems to be that Malibu Country is one of the new shows that is getting kicked around by raters. It is a good show and should be given a chance. Hardly anyone watches a good, decent comedy that is not filled with sex, crime and so forth. I wish the raters would leave it alone and let it have its chance. I hope ABC is wiser than the raters that I do not believe anyway.

  • jj

    Fitting terrible numbers to a terrible show. So glad it is finally over.

  • Vcoolwater

    So what Fringe got low ratings. It still got a proper ending. That more I can say for 90 percent of the shows that have been cancelled or ended. Heck law and order didn’t have a proper series finale.

    I don’t understand people being nasty and being bullies.

  • Gigi

    I LOVE CSI:N.Y. and NEVER miss it on Friday night CBS 9p.m. EST.
    Gary Sinise and Sela Ward are great along with the rest of the cast and the writing seems to be getting better and better. How do they do that with a show in it’s 9th season?? I don’t know but I am loving it!!
    GO CSI:N.Y. Let’s have a tenth season ok??

  • Tom

    Time to watch all the seasons of Fringe on DVD. My favorite show now gone. :-( Wish all the Fringe actors best wishes and good luck. You were the best.

  • Doug in SF

    I applaud FOX for seeing Fringe to the end. Best show ever.

  • tlh45

    Loved CSI NY…glad to see how well it’s doing. Just hope CBS is paying attention! Best show on Friday Nights!

  • thesnowleopard

    If you don’t like your show being mocked, don’t incessantly announce that your show would be at the top of the charts if only American viewers weren’t so stupid. Not watching your show doesn’t make other people stupid or lacking in taste. It just means they don’t watch your show.

    And it’s a ratings site, so what is so startling about people judging a show based on its ratings?

  • Deeann

    I like Malibu Country myself. Mostly because I’m a huge Reba fan, I will admit.

    Please cancel Nikita!

  • Gabe


    There is a difference between “Revenge is doing really bad this season; it might get cancelled next year/I don’t see it getting renewed” and “lmao at flop factor. Sh*t show got the ratings it deserves”.

    In the first case you have a discussion, while in the second an immature, pointless, mean spirited comment. In other words Alexis is right.

    @Granpa Radox

    Those are excpetions. Breaking Bad is a brilliant show, which would have flopped on Fox/CBS/Abc/NBC. Its ratings are really bad and only acceptable for cable standards. Haven’t watched Person of Interest, but I’ve only heard great things about it. I strongly believe, however, that its lead in has helped it tremendously.

  • Alexis


    Exactly, thank you.

    Making fun of a show for its ratings is ridiculous, because it’s often not the quality of the writing/acting/direction/production/etc etc. that cause low ratings, but bad scheduling decisions by the network, lacking or incompatible promotion (e.g. the Season 1 promotion of Nikita as a “sexy” action show with hot chicks in bikinis when it’s actually one of the best shows on TV in regards to writing strong, complex women), and yes, the fact that many people prefer shallow TV about characters’ tangled love lives and cheap comedy over anything that engages your neurons.

    Certainly, a show’s low ratings can be a reflection of low quality, but people rarely argue that on this site. They just attack the ratings, which is dumb. I’ve yet to hear one convincing argument why Nikita’s ratings are a result of it being a bad show. Instead, it’s a bunch of people who probably know next to nothing about it just going “hahaha, flop!”. Shockingly intelligent, I know.

    When I criticize shows, it’s based on their quality alone. And I certainly don’t hate on Supernatural or TVD because their ratings are much better than Nikita’s, as people often accuse Nikita fans on this site. I hate on them because, in my utterly humble opinion, they suck these days. (I used to be a fan of both.) That’s also why I never say “I wish SPN would get cancelled”, I say “I wish SPN would *end*”. I realize that ratings-wise, it’s fit to go on endlessly. Creatively, however, its continuation after Season 5 or 6 is a mistake.

    And yes, cable channels are renowned for relying on different factors from networks (for example, critical acclaim) and not pulling the trigger on something after 5 episodes because its ratings were disappointing. So it’s obvious high quality shows will fare better on cable. Look at how they dominate the awards, and how many people say that you can only find good TV on cable in this day and age.

  • networkman

    The Fringe series finale played like a regular episode. It wasn’t overly shocking or gimmicky. It really focused on the characters that we fell in love with over the years. And it simply wrapped up the story. I like how the show is sci-fi but the main theme ends up being about family and relationships. I’m glad I was able to enjoy a show like this. Broadcast TV needs different type of dramas on air to watch. And it is all the better when there is quality acting to be seen, as we witnessed from John Noble. I’m going to give Touch a try as well.

  • Janus

    @Fringegot5 seasons–you were wrong–Fringe only got 4 a half seasons! You fell short as did your little cult show.

  • Chris

    I was a Fringe fan from the very start, though a critical one, and glad as I am that it lasted long enough to tell a complete story, and get to 100 eps, and etc–the finale sucked. More than Lost’s finale, not as much as Alias’, but it sucked. They just cannot finish a story properly over there at Bad Robot. I will never trust them again.

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