TV Ratings Friday: 'Last Man Standing' & 'Malibu Country' Finales Rise, 'Grimm' Flat, 'Touch' Up, Plus NCAA Tournament Preliminary Numbers

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March 23rd, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/6 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.480 3.902 3.569 2.744 0.935

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball tournament) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, the season finale of  Last Man  Standing earned a 1.6 up 14 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were about right. The season finale of Malibu Country garnered a1.4 up 27 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 earned a 1.6 up 14 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,  night two of the NCAA Basketball Tournament averaged a 1.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating compared to a 2.2 night two of last year’s tournament on Friday, March 23, 2012, but this will certainly change in the finals. It should also be noted that with the tournament also airing on three cable channels, the overall ratings for the tournament may be on par with last year.

On NBC Fashion Star scored a 0.7, even with last week’s adults 18-49 rating.  Grimm scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week’s performance. Rock Center garnered a 0.9 up 50 percent from last week's 0.6 among adults 18-49.

On Fox, Touch earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating up 17 percent from last week's  0.6 rating.

On the CW, Cult scored a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 22, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Last Man Standing - Season Finale 1.6/6 7.85
CBS NCAA Basketball Tournament (8-11PM) - Live 1.0/3 3.67
FOX Kitchen Nightmares- R 0.9/3 2.75
NBC Fashion Star 0.7/2 2.89
CW iHeartRadio Album Release Party w/Justin Timberlake - R 0.4/1 1.16
8:30 ABC Malibu Country - Season Finale 1.4/5 7.00
9:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.4/4 5.75
NBC Grimm 1.4/4 4.95
FOX Touch 0.7/2 2.80
CW Cult 0.2/1 0.72
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.6/5 6.27
NBC Rock Center 0.9/3 3.87


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.2/4 with an encore delayed by basketball; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore delayed by basketball; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.7/3 with an encore delayed by basketball). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore delayed by basketball).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Just Desserts

    Yey Malibu :-P

  • erwanfromfrance

    Hello season 3 LMS !!!!!!!!!

  • Dillan

    Not bad for MC. I think it will get a second season.

  • Tom

    Fingers crossed for Malibu Country! Would love to see a second season of it!

  • Melissa

    Another good night for ABC!

  • rob60990

    Wow those comedies skewed extra old. Highest since like their 2nd episodes. I think both will be back.

    Justin Timberlake repeat music special did the same or better than just about every episode of Nikita except 2 of them.

  • RJ

    Last Man Standing may have earned itself a third season. Malibu Country? Eh.

    A repeat of iHeartRadio tied a new episode of Nikita bahahahaha.

  • Ram510

    Just like I was saying on Thursday, if Last Man Standing can get these ratings (better than Neighbors and Suburgatory this week) on a Friday just think of what it can do on another night like Wednesday


    loved grimms last episode :) fashion star looks to be becoming a flop now too

  • Mon

    I hope iHeartRadio adjusts up.

  • omabin

    I don’t understand how MC’s numbers on a Friday aren’t considered better than the ones pulled by the neighbours on a wednesday. It would be pulling 1.0s on fridays imo, i don’t think it is worth changing one for the other. LMS is a lock for renewal in my opinion, I would be shocked to see it go. Sad that Grimm could not go higher, but I guess that is what happens when you put it between the two most incompatible shows on the network.

  • Patrick Gillease

    Fridays are so boring now with “Fringe” gone. Who gives a rat’s ass?

  • NBC Fan

    20/20 did well.

  • Greg

    Why are they giving Nikita these random breaks? They still have 8 episodes left unaired. Are they planning on airing them for the next 8 weeks with no more breaks or going through summer or what?

  • s0303

    grimm has been a little lower since its hiatus, but still pretty good…especially compared to fashion star and rock center…i really liked last nights episode.

    lms should definitely be renewed, but i would keep it on friday. it wasn’t getting much better ratings this time last year on tuesdays…malibu country is still a toss up on renewal for me, though good this week.

  • Ram510

    I’m not sure if Happy Endings is going to get more than half of LMS ratings

  • Gene

    Rock Center actually rose considerably from last week. I wonder why last week was so bad for it?

  • Will

    LMS and MC are both coming back next season. No question.

  • S G sims

    Loved Malibu Country! Best show ever. Waiting for a second season. Reba and Lily Mae are getting sassy. Whoo-Hoo!

  • Densino

    GRIMM matches is season low ….. good but not great

    LMS AND MC will be renewed




    And why wasn’t FLOPKITA on last night? I needed a laugh

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