TV Ratings Friday: 'Last Man Standing', 'The Neighbors' & 'Shark Tank' Return Down, '20/20' Rises, 'Dateline' Down

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September 21st, 2013

The NEighbors Season 2 Premiere

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.967 4.654 3.241 5.318 0.911



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

On ABC, the season premiere of Last Man Standing scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent from a 2.0 for last year’s premiere on Friday, November 2, 2012. The season premiere of The Neighbors notched a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 40 percent from a 2.0 for its timeslot season premiere on and down 48 percent from a 2.3 for the premiere of last season’s Friday at 8:30PM show, Malibu Country.  Your predictions were far too optimistic. The season premiere of Shark Tank garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating from a 1.8 for last season’s premiere on September 14, 2012.   20/20 scored a 1.4 up 27 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline earned a 1.1 down 21 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Perfect Score garnered a 0,2  down 33 percent from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.   America's Next Top Model earned a 0.4 18-49 rating, down 20 percent from last week's  0.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 20, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Last Man Standing - Season Premiere 1.5/6 6.55
CBS Undercover Boss - R 1.1/4 5.45
FOX Bones - R 0.8/3 2.90
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 0.6/2 3.02
CW Perfect Score 0.2/1 0.77
8:30 ABC The Neighbors - Season Premiere 1.2/4 4.64
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 0.7/3 3.10
CW Perfect Score - R 0.2/1 0.67
9:00 ABC Shark Tank - Season Premiere 1.7/6 6.68
NBC Dateline (9-11PM) 1.1/4 5.45
FOX Sleepy Hollow - R 1.0/3 3.58
CBS Hawaii Five -0 -R 0.6/2 4.40
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4/1 1.10
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/5 5.63
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.7/2 6.11



In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • Brandon

    The Neighbors is funnier this year give it another chance I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay with it till the 3rd episode and Sing like a Larry Bird was great. I beg the people in the chat to actually give it one more chance. The Neighbors is awesome, hope for better next week.


    Reba’s not cheap, but you will bet she would have been on every talk show, and radio station promoting MC……to think they replaced her show with a premiere rating of 1.2….its AWLFUL!!!! Sorry Neighbors…bad move ABC!!!

  • Tony JJ

    Definitely should’ve renewed Malibu Country. It fit well in between Shark Tank and Last man Standing. The Neighbors just doesn’t flow well. Even when Malibu country hit a 1.2 it didn’t affect Shark Tank at all. Malibu country could’ve grown this year. I ain’t a bitter fan but ABC definitely made a bad decision. 2 multi camera comedies need to go there. And MC and LMS fit well. Both comedies with comedy vets that were well known.

  • Ram510

    Is Shark Tank suffering from overexposure sort of like what ABC did with Millionaire?

  • Dan S

    A 1.0 for SH on Fox for an encore is quite good. Even The Following reruns were doing a lot worse as was last lessons Touch. I say it’s safe to say SH is a keeper & a bonafide hit.

  • Dan S

    Season not lessons stupid spellcheck

  • HalCapone

    Who knows why the ratings were down across all nets last evening. It could just be following the historic pattern of broadcast ratings declines each year, setting a new benchmark ratings normal high for the night. That being said, it’s still surprising to see Shark Tank below 2 since this is a very popular show that I believe viewers will seek out in any Friday time slot–and I really don’t see Shark Tank being impacted by any lead-in show like The Neighbors or Last Man Standing. Whether one loves or hates LMS and The Neighbors, these are both family-viewing oriented shows that obviously appeal more to families and young children–probably two demographics that don’t ordinarily post on this site. I applaud ABC/Disney for at least making the effort to program for families in many of their early prime time hours each week.

  • scifi

    Grimm & Dracula will kill every shark tank and other reality non-sense soon!!

  • JR35

    Those are acceptable demo repeat numbers for Sleepy Hollow.

  • JR35

    Also- more often than not, Shark Tank got under a 2, so if it gets 1.7/1.8, that’s inline with its typical performance.

  • Joseph

    Univision probably won the night among broadcast networks in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos.

    And in some cities, local baseball probably did a number on prime-time broadcast numbers, especially in Boston, where the Red Sox won to clinch their division title.

  • Dan

    @Ram510 – That was way different, Millionaire was on 8 times a week, ABC was going crazy with it, Shark Tank aired repeats here and there and for fridays its doing fine. A 1.7 is good and most people dont realize that, LMS’s 1.5 is good too but Neighbors 1.2 is worrisome, though it could have been worse.

    Both comedies will air 22 episodes this season, Last Man Standing will get a full fourth season to get it to reach syndication, (Why it only got 18 last season was another mystery)

    I wonder if ABC will use either show to move it to replace a failed freshman comedy like NBC did with Whitney and Community (That were both ironically multicam and single cam shows airing 8 and 8:30 Fridays) but my guess is they have Subugatory so probably not.

  • Michael

    Next Fridays Ratings I Predict

    Masterchef Junior: 1.0

    Last Man Standing: 1.5
    Neighbors: 1.2
    Shark Tank: 1.8

    Undercover Boss: 1.5
    HAwaii FIve 0: 1.8
    Blue Bloods: 1.5

  • a p garcia

    I though LMS and the Neighbors were repeats so I tuned out.

  • CBSviewer

    I’m shocked by The Neighbors numbers. This 1.2 is very low and I give it two more weeks before being replaced by Suburgatory.

  • rob60990

    @Bryan its not dumb at all. How I Met Your Mother got a boost when paired with 2 Broke Girls. Same with Suburgatory being paired with The Middle and TBBT with 2.5 Men on Monday a couple of years ago. Malibu Country was a pile of crap but I think ABC would have done better last night with that on instead of The Neighbors.


    @ Joseph

    Kinda knew Boston would clinch last night

    You should be in Pgh, where St Louis is now two ahead of us & Cinn

    I no longer like the color RED (or the city San Diego–for that matter!) (Just kidding)

    Pgh also has some interesting HS FB rivalries going on this year as well

    Arrgh! I’m getting too old for this!!

  • Bitter Go On Fan (Former Bitter Ringer Fan)

    Cold start for the Neighbors. I hope they at least let it air all its season order.

  • HalCapone

    When Grimm returns and Count Chocula premieres they will probably achieve low 1’s if lucky.

  • Samunto

    Networks must be getting worried now since it seems like shows are returning down 20-25% just like last season.

    Will The Neighbors even last till christmas? Will probably get yanked for the November sweeps.

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