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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  • Dan

    @Marc – I’d actually rather see Girl Meets World on ABC too, something’s telling me it will be too childish and silly on Disney Channel and not how BMW was but how current DC shows are.

  • Herb

    If you didn’t enjoy ” Touch ” last night, are you nuts ? Bello and the cast was award winning. They will renew Swamp People etc. and let this great show go? WOW!! WOW!!!

  • Emily


    Why is HTLWYP being cancelled not an option? The show hasn’t even aired yet. What if it gets poor reviews and ratings?

  • Joseph

    The Cancellation Bear has left his lair and his next target is “Cult”!

  • Dan

    @David – If ABC keeps comedy on Tuesday which I believe they will do, my guess is that it will be Suburgatory and Neighbors at 8 DWTS at 9 and a drama at 10.

  • Doug

    So LMS finishes the season better than it did on Tuesday (at least in viewers – I think the demo is lower). Malibu definitely won’t make it to next season, even though it went out decently.

    Here’s to hoping that Happy Endings does decently next week, and ABC goes for a 2 hour comedy block next fall! If they’re not going to do it on Tuesday…

  • JohnnyRico

    A show spikes to 1.4 and people are predicting MC will be renewed?
    Maybe on NBC
    MC is dead unless the network has some secret plans for a 2 hour TGIF next fall.

    Also for those with the shovels out for HE let’s see what it does first. If it get’s comprable numbers to LMS it would probably be renewed over that since no one in the HE makes anywhere close to what Tim Allen does per episode. If it get’s MC numbers or worse I guess fan’s can start petitioning to TBS.

  • Dan

    @Emily – HTLWYP being cancelled is certainly an option but for some reason with their other freshman series getting subpar ratings and not having the Modern Family lead in benefit, HTLWYP has a good chance. Plus if renewed it will have 5 leftovers for next season and with 13 eps it could make for a full 18 ep season.

    Again it’s just speculation, ABC is very hard to figure out this year in terms of bubble comedies.

    Comedy wise the only thing I can say is that The Middle, LMS Modern Family, and Suburgatory will all return

  • Justin121

    ABC comedies:

    Wednesday: The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, new comedy

    Friday: Neighbors, new comedy, Last Man, Malibu

    But I know they’ll do something stupid like Subg nd Neighbors ato Tuesday…

  • Ram510

    @ Marc

    I’m with you, if NBC doesn’t renew Guys With Kids then ABC should.

    @ Oliver

    Nikita actual does decent in repeats for a CW Friday repeat

  • david

    Great to see both ABC sitcoms up last nnight. I a m prety sure Last Man Standing will get a third season and Malibu Country might get another season too.

  • As I speak

    Always flops.

  • psychic

    Until the people who created “Fringe” pump out another sci-fi on its level that, despite high quality, gets exiled to Fridays for low ratings, Fridays matter very, very little to me. I’ve got no low-rated show to campaign for now.

  • Phil

    Yay Touch increased its ratings over last week!

  • martin

    Grimm is such a very good show!

  • Marc

    @JohnnyRico – “A show spikes to 1.4 and people are predicting MC will be renewed? Maybe on NBC MC is dead unless the network has some secret plans for a 2 hour TGIF next fall.”

    I believe the MC season average is between 1.3-1.4. The last 5 Fridays were 1.4, 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.3. So, it’s not exactly a huge departure from the normal.

    “Also for those with the shovels out for HE let’s see what it does first. If it get’s comprable numbers to LMS it would probably be renewed over that since no one in the HE makes anywhere close to what Tim Allen does per episode. If it get’s MC numbers or worse I guess fan’s can start petitioning to TBS.”

    HE is averaging a 1.26 this season with promotion and on more watched nights. It has half the viewers of LMS and MC. HE has been as low as .9 this year, which has never happened to either LMS or MC.

    It’s actually pretty sad, ABC is literally BEGGING people to tune in to watch Happy Endings under threat of cancellation. They don’t even promote their current Fri lineup and it already does better than HE… unless of course by some miracle HE manages to improve it’s ratings after being moved to Friday (Yeah, right)

  • Ash

    Friday nights are like a graveyard. Half these shows are dead and hanging by life support. Sad really :(

  • class of fitness

    yeah, Girl meets world would do good on friday nights?

  • David

    @Dan Suburgatory is like Happy Endings, a nice show, but no Q rating. It would collapse Tuesday at 8 as would The Neighbors. The only comedies ABC has that are self-starters are Modern Family, The Middle and LMS. If they want comedy on Tuesday to succeed, they either need a freshman show with Q rating or to move LMS. The only slot ABC could try Suburgatory/The Neighbors would be Wednesday at 8, where they already have an established comedy block. That would enable the Middle to go Tuesday.

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon


    The show was moved three times…with the second time being moved on a night no one knew about ( Sunday night) even worse, double packing the hour without telling anyone ( which is why it got the 0.9). And other than the sunday 1.0 and 0.9…..it’s been averaging 1.3-1.4 all season. Comedy on a drama night at 10pm…smart move ABC ( not). ABC was setting the show for failure the minute they moved it to tuesday nights. Chances our HE will come back with the ratings from their last episode (1.3-1.4) ABC might take notice.

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