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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  • Brandy

    @TedCraig, also deadline and tvline said today that Mr Feeny would return to “the greatest Disney channel pilot of all time”.

  • Networkman

    I have a schedule that ABC should really consider. I know that some may not like the changes, but I really feel that the network should revamp its Sunday Night lineup if they plan on saving Once Upon A Time and Revenge, ensuring that each have a long run on the air.

    Sunday: 7pm AFHV 8pm DWTS/midseason:The Bachelor 10pm Body of Proof
    Monday: 8pm DWTS:Results 9pm Once Upon A Time 10pm *The Returned
    Tuesday: 8pm The Middle 8:30 Neighbors 9pm *Shield 10pm *Gothica
    Wednesday: 8pm Modern Family 8:30 *Trophy Wife 9pm Revenge 10pm Nashville
    Thursday: 8pm Castle 9pm Grey’s Anatomy 10pm Scandal
    Friday:8pmLMS 8:30*John Leguizamo 9pm*Girl Meets World 9:30Malibu 10pm 20/20

    I would hold Shark Tank for midseason to replace DWTS:Result show. I don’t feel Shark Tank should be over exposed. It would run from December until March with straight new episodes. The Voice would be over at that time. If it can get high 1’s and even hit 2.0 that would be great. Once Upon A Time is gettting a bit darker, in my opinion. I’m not certain if children really understand what the heck is going on. It really can air at a later time. And hopefully it can garner over 10 million viewers airing after DWTS. ABC needs more programs that can consistently attract a larger amount of viewers. Shield has the potential to do that as well.

    In total ABC would have 6 new shows, 3 Dramas and 3 Comedies. It is time for Modern Family to start the night. If it can garner high 3’s in the demo that should keep the night fairly competitive. I would hold Suburgatory as a midseason replacement that ABC could try after The Middle in the Spring. I would also pick up Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson. That sounds promising as if it has potential to be really funny.

  • Networkman

    @Chris, I’m not happy to hear that the comedy pilots for ABC are not good. How did you hear about their poor quality? Have they been screened? I really thought Rebel Wilson would be a great star for the network to have.

    Anyways, I do feel they should at least put two new comedies on the air in the Fall. Viewers are really tiring of Suburgatory. I would just keep that show to fill the slots of any failed new comedies.

    Regarding Dinosaurs, I really enjoyed that program when I was younger. It was written very well. I feel it is great show for the entire family, so I went out and bought the DVD.

  • thensnowleopard

    It does the same as a repeat of a special. A repeat. Those are not good ratings. They are terrible ratings. Claiming that other failing shows would do the same or worse doesn’t make Nikita any less of a failure. You and RSH can rant down everyone here until the show dies. It won’t make those ratings any better.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Anthony Parello – You’re forgetting that CBS moving veteran shows to Sundays at 10:00 hasn’t helped those shows at all. CSI: Miami is no more, and The Mentalist may not make it through this season.

    This timeslot has only been vacant for two seasons now, and not all of those shows you mentioned have been disastrous. GCB wasn’t great, but it was decent (certainly better than anything this season); it just lost out on renewal to Scandal. But not finding an immediate hit to replace a veteran show doesn’t make the slot a “nightmare.” Thursdays at 8:00, on the other hand, is a nightmare.

  • thensnowleopard

    The next new episode is supposed to run on March 29. If they run new episodes continuously until May 17, it can still get 22 episodes in. If they choose to do more breaks after this and still hold to the May 17 season finale, then Nikita fans should worry. It’s not in the network’s best interests to have fewer episodes in season three if it’s planning to order a fourth season for syndication purposes.

  • Stan T.

    I think they should go back to the old formula for tv…there were only midseason shows if they were cancelling a show…otherwise a series ran the whole season…with a few reruns at the end…shows ran 20 episodes per season, running repeats the rest of the season…

  • Mirelle

    Well Touch went up a little in numbers…. Last night’s episode was truly amazing; heartbreaking[at the end], but very well done. I love Touch so much!

  • Scott Pelley

    Ratings are such a joke now. Who ever thought you could win the night with a 1.6?

  • Ram510

    @ thesnowleopard

    I completely understand. It’s off that now CW had to run 8 episodes uninterrupted when they haven’t ran more than 4 episodes at a time before a break and now they have to run 8 because they have for whatever reason decide on these last minute random breaks. It’s weird and doesn’t make sense

    I was saying if they decide that say screw the finale date and just go ahead with more breaks between these finale 8 episodes I wouldn’t be surprised cause the CW doesn’t know what they are doing

  • Ram510


    Yes I know Nikita was suppose to have a break on the 29th which made sense cause its Good Friday. To abruptly change that is why I’m frustrated with these crazy network.

    However I’m ready for a major story arc, I’ve been waiting all season. This will be exciting!

    @ Leisure

    I hear you! Cult is actually a good show and got over looked, shafted with horrible and uninviting promos on top of bad scheduling (on Tuesday with HoD that is). In my opinion it better than The Following but Fox did an good good with promotion and of course having a known star as the main character helps too.

    CW does deserve some credit for finding small tv gems here and there like Arrow and Nikita (and others that were cancelled like Reaper, Privileged, Aliens in America) they just can’t seem to get people to watch.

  • thensnowleopard

    Well, it’s possible, though I don’t recall any previous times that the CW changed its season finales like that. Episode dates within the season, sure, but not the end of the seasons. In part, I think that’s because they have the upfronts in May and have to announce their next season by then, legally. We’ll just have to wait and see. At this point, though, the network could just run those last episode continuously and still get in the full 22 for the season.

    I am rather enjoying Cult and I agree about the terrible ad campaign, but the show’s ratings are, sadly, too terrible for it to get another season. It’s nice that the CW is letting it run out the full 13, though, so at least we get to see what they made. Unlike Zero Hour, which will have to wait until a summer burnoff.

  • Marc

    I’m starting to think that ABC’s Happy Ending’s “save me” promo is more of a joke than anything. It’s first two episodes in the Friday return are airing against the NCAA Sweet 16! But, at least it will give fans an excuse…

  • Ted Craig


    Yes, I stand corrected. Early reports had Disney unsure which venue it would air on.

  • Melissa


    Grey’s Anatomy is ABC’s highest rated scripted show.

    Modern Family is ABC’s highest rated show. Grey’s Anatomy is ABC’s highest rated drama.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    thensnowleopard: “They are terrible ratings”

    You’re getting to be ridiculous. They may be terrible ratings but they’re just as good as the lame ratings the rest of the CW low-rated shows are getting on week nights. So why bother harping on Nikita ALONE?

    “Claiming that other failing shows would do the same or worse doesn’t make Nikita any less of a failure.”



    “You and RSH can rant down everyone here until the show dies. It won’t make those ratings any better.”

    And YOU can come in here every bloody week and rant about how the ratings are bad – GEE, DUH! LIKE NO ONE KNOWS! – and Nikita will STILL get a FOURTH SEASON!

    As I said, you’re nothing but a disgruntled Nikita-bashing troll who keeps repeating “bad ratings, bad ratings, bad ratings” over and over until everyone here wants to PUKE.


    And once again, Nikita will STILL get a fourth season, so SUCK IT while you’re STFU!

    Pathetic whining baby… Jesus Baron Von Christ!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    And there will be no un-aired episodes regardless of when the finale is supposed to occur. More pointless speculation. Shut up and wait until the season is over instead of babbling about crap you know nothing about.

  • Mark3

    Cw needs and will air the rest of cult. Tired of nerds on here WISHING for shows to be canceled just because THEY DONT watch them. For example. I HATE csi and and hospital drama but i do not wish them canceled. That’s retarded. I just wont watch them. Maybe other people enjoy them. Sheeeesh

  • Mark3

    @thesnowleapord. Ur right cult is awsomr amd glad they will air all 13. And I LOVE zero hour. Are u sure abc is gonna air the rest of season 1 this summer? ? I kno they are with 666:) if u have any info on when and if they are please lemme kno!:) mistresses looks great. But knowing abc they will can it after 4 episodes.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Melissa – Clearly you knew what I meant.

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