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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  • David

    Is Girl Meets World definitely not an option for ABC? Have they already committed to ABC Family? This seems like it could be a self-starter for Tuesday/Wednesday.

  • JohnnyRico

    Friday may not be as desireable a night as somewhere M-Thu but Malibu Coutrny was heavily promoted last fall leading up to it’s debut as evidenced by a 2.3 for the premiere. HE on the other hand started late this fall with little promotion had some episodes shuffled off randomly to a Sunday grave and it’s first season was pretty much treated as a dump off with episodes airring out of order and at 10pm(aka a time slot occupied by not a single sitcom on network tv).

    ABC may like HE and are desperate to get it into syndication but they clearly have no idea what to do with it since it doesn’t really seem to fit with any of their shows.

  • bluejoni

    I just LOVE Grimm I just wish it was doing better in the ratings !! Last night was great !!

  • Nikita’sTits

    I guarantee that Nikita will break CW’s records (next week) in over 5 years by scoring at least 6 million viewers and a 2.0 demo!

  • michael

    NBC could run reruns of FRIENDS, SEINFELD, WILL & GRACE and FRASIER and get better ratings. Wait, there’s an idea—“Flashback Fridays”

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @ David

    Girl Meets World is going to Disney Channel.

  • tscchope

    Wow Touch up a tenth, reachingthe heady heights of a 0.7. That’s good for a CW show. Oh wait, it’s on FOX.

    Ah Fringe, how’s syndication working out for you?

    The next JJ Abrams creation is just around the corner -a human and android cop show – probably titled The Caves of Steel.

  • Billy

    LMS should be renewed. A 1.6 on a Friday at 8:00 during DST is a good number.

  • Barb

    If people would just stop and watch Cult they would see that it really is a GREAT show. Just like ANY new series it needs time to build, and the fact that The CW is putting in a half assed effort for advertising it and it’s still gaining viewers is a GOOD sign.

    The CW needs to cancel The Carrie Diaries and Beauty and the Beast (who watches that crap?!) and keep Cult around for at LEAST another season. The storyline is just starting to build and get better!

  • One

    BRock Center with rian Williams

  • rose


  • Ultima

    NBC could run reruns of FRIENDS, SEINFELD, WILL & GRACE and FRASIER and get better ratings.

    Probably not. They don’t even own any of those shows anyways.

  • Jarrod

    @Barb: 1.72 million viewers watched Beauty and the Beast. An additional million to your “great” show, Cult. So please, don’t criticize us Beasties for getting into our show which is actually starting to build up and get better – HENCE why we’re (very) slowly gaining higher in viewers again compared to Cult that is literally flat and has been flat since it’s debut. But don’t worry, I’m with you in canning TCD if it means keeping BatB.

  • BxActor

    Oooooh Touch. bye

  • Marc

    @JohnnyRico It’s just funny that you say MC should be cancelled for doing horrible at 1.3-1.4s on Fri but HE should be renewed if it (somehow) manages to pull the same 1.3-1.4s after moving to FRI …

  • Jarrod

    @Rose: Cult has already filmed all of it’s episodes. Relax though, CW won’t announce cancelation yes as viewership will decline (for those that have hope it’ll be renewed) and they want to (at least try and) milk it for whatever they can. It’ll be announced for cancelation (with TCD) in late April/early May, while shows like HoD, Nikita and BatB will be renewed. ;)

  • Ultima

    for all the money CBS pays to the NCAA, the games don’t bring in the youthful eyeballs.

    Nonsense. March Madness generated over $1 billion in advertising revenue
    last year, well above what CBS and Turner pay for the games.

    @John A
    Why do CBS bother with Basketball? Its performed terribly the last 2 days.

    Overall viewership increases as the tournament progresses in addition to that viewership being split amongst fewer networks (the final three rounds are exclusive to CBS).

  • Oliver

    ABC did promote Happy Endings.

    The problem was that it was facing 2 other single-camera comedies, including a stronger show with a very similar audience in New Girl.

    ABC was a bit stuck because they didn’t have any good timeslots to put HE/A23 in. They weren’t stong enough to stand on their own, and ABC still insists that 8/7c is the “family hour”. I think they should have gone for comedies at 10pm Wednesday and put Nashville at 9pm Tuesday after DWTS. DWTS to Nashville to Private Practice would have been a really nice schedule.

    They potentially have a similar problem next year with The Neighbors. It’s not strong enough on its own but it probably performs slightly better than the average new comedy and they need space to launch something new.

  • Olka

    @Nikita’s Tits
    Oh, that would be awesome!

  • debsafan

    All you that didn’t watch Grimm Friday night sure missed a great show. It was really good.

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