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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  • jupiter3765

    the abc soap opera boycott is what is hurting abcs friday lineup and that is a fact

  • SJ

    LOL is someone actually suggesting that Hawaii 5-0 was going to beat Shark Tank? It will be lucky if it gets a 1.5!

    Not surprised about The Neighbors. Should have never benched Suburgatory, ABC… I’ll say it again, given one questionable decision after the other, I really hope that this is Paul Lee’s final year at the network.

  • Jt


    I think the Neighbours will be on a short leash if it drops next week and the following week don’t be shocked if they pull it.

  • jupiter3765

    why does everyone want paul lee gone i think he is doing a great job look at all of the sucessful shows abc had scandal revenge once upon a time i mean last man standing and the neighbors did not do that bad mc would not have done any better

  • Boiler

    Malibu Country’s finale had 7 mill and a 1.4 per another site. To say it would not have done better than Neighbors is just plain WRONG

  • Tony JJ

    ABC probably calling up Reba right now. The show always did well with LMS. Showed signs of growth. And never hurt Shark Tank when ratings dipped, plus ended the season on an uptick. I know Reba doesn’t come cheap, but it was ABC owned, multi camera sitcom. It would’ve been syndication gold. Sorry I enjoy the neighbors but ABC made a terrible decision. Someone what isn’t broken shouldn’t be touched.

  • omabin

    To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair to singe out the neighbors and say it underperformed. I think the whole night underperformed, at least according to my expectations (maybe not 20/20). I was expecting the neighbors to be around a 1.5, but I was expecting LMS to pull something like a 1.7, and shark tank to break a 2.0 In relative terms, all is down. I know it’s fa excuse bingo but I think some viewers didn’t realize this night was new. I think that next week the post-premiere decline will be far lower than usual, reflecting that.

  • CrimTV


    Yes Paul Lee has done a good job of running successful shows to the ground, like Revenge and Once Upon a Time with their erratic scheduling (for example, airing the shows against hugely popular award ceremonies/football games and putting them on repeat when there is no competition.

  • omabin


    I agree. He did have some good moments, like sticking with Scandal in the post Grey’s timeslot when everyone was attacking him for it and let it grow, bet in OUAT, the mini TGIF revival move. But, in general, he has done too much wrong. I think that he is too coward to make big moves most of the time (even the all new tuesday this year isn’t that big of a move since everything there was canceled anyway) and when he does make moves, like this neighbors thing, are wrong moves.

  • omabin

    Also, I agree with the general comment that ABC will be in trouble this season. They can potentially win fridays but that’s about it.

    Mondays: NBC will win the night, CBS will be a solid second and, if Sleepy Hollow holds, FOX will beat it too. So forth/third place at best for ABC

    Tuesdays: This is tougher to call due to it being all new, but even with Shield being a super sized hit, I don’t see ABC winning unless both comedies are big hits which I doubt. I think NBC will take the night as long as TBL performs ok and the voice is able to get a large enough gap with LA to compensate for the 8pm hour, which should happen. So that would be NBC first, CBS second. FOX will be in bad shape, so ABC can get third place most likely.

    Wednesdays: There is a chance that ABC can take it here but it is doubtful. I think Survivor takes the 8pm hour comfortably, but as long as Back in the Game retains enough from the middle’s audience, the gap shouldn’t be too big. ABC will get the 9pm hour as a whole but I think that Super Fun Night will flop badly, thus seriously reducing the potential for a gap in ratings to be created here, especially with MF itself on decline. At 10, CSI should have a confortable lead over Nashville, especially with SFN as its lead-in. So, I say it is the close, but that CBS takes it, ABC comes second, FOX probably still gets third despite the x-factor declines and nbc goes forth (if SVU holds surprisingly well and if Revolution surprises, then NBC could get third place)

    Thursday: Again, there is a chance that ABC can take it but it is doubtful and contingent on too many factors. It will take 10pm with a considerable gap. I suspect it should be close at 9pm, it’s hard to say at this point, but I say it will be mostly even. At 8pm, cbs will obviously win with big bang in there. But, if the millers goes low enough and if wonderland remains north of 2.0, there is a chance the gap is not big enough to compensate for the Scandal gap at 10pm. But again, too many variables here. I think the most likely thing is CBS goes first, ABC takes second. Then I think it’s a tossup between FOX and NBC, I really can’t tell.

    Friday: Yeah, ABC should get this one. The 8pm is hard to call, but the Shark Tank gap at 9pm should be large enough to compensate for it, and I don’t see ABC loosing by that much at 8 anyway. The wildcard is not so much CBS but NBC. If Dateline is stable and Grimm/Dracula work, they have a chance at taking advantage of a potentially softer season of Shark Tank and a flopping neighbors. FOX could be in the mix if Bones really lands here too, but their 9pm hour is likely weak anyway. I think ABC takes it, but it is not a sure thing and will probably vary on a weekly basis.

    Sunday: NBC will take it with football for sure. I think FOX cartoons will come second. Then I think ABC has a shot at beating CBS but it is a very slim shot. OUAT probably beats tar but not by a huge margin. revenge should beat the good wife, but again, low margin. but betrayal should flop hard enough to make the mentalist compensate for the rest of the night. Also, there are the overuns that will make their ratings even higher. ABC is probably looking at 4th, best case 3rd (there is a chance OUAT and revenge recover greatly and beat the fox cartoons but i doubt it)

  • Oliver

    I’m mixed on Paul Lee. I agree that last season was a bust for ABC and this season doesn’t look that much better (although it’s hard to say for sure pre-premiere). ABC’s development seems weak and he orders some questionable shows.

    That being said, he had an insanely good first season (OUAT, Revenge, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, Scandal), which buys him some slack.

  • omabin


    That is true. But how involved in that development season was he anyway?

  • Alan

    Ouch at ABC, but at least their comedies were some of the highest rated shows of the night anyway. And I think ANTM will get adjusted up!

  • Alan

    Malibu Country should have been renewed over The Neighbors!

  • Wade

    Last Man Standing didn’t drop. It dropped from its high last season, but is above its average which for Friday is still very strong numbers.

  • daviddaviddavid

    I would say that is a good start for Last Man Standing and an ok start for the Neighbors. I think they will rise as more of the shows start next week. I enjoyed them last night.

  • HV

    @ those commenting about stupid decisions made by ABC, how The Neighbors should not have been renewed, etc
    I think that ABC was insane to renew The Neighbors instead of HTLWYP or even Malibu Country.
    It’s very rare on broadcast TV that a canceled show will be renewed later on in the following season by the same network, but if any show from last season that got canceled gets renewed, I think it will be HTLWYP. ABC’s new fall comedies are going to fail, and The Neighbors will fail. Now, I’m not counting on ABC doing this, but if Trophy Wife ends up doing really well, then it might get a full season and ABC will resurrect HTLWYP to replace The Neighbors instead of ABC getting rid of the Tuesday comedy and putting Suburgatory on Friday.

  • alvar

    Loving all these excuses for The Neighbors. It never worked on Wednesdays last year, so I don’t know who at ABC thought it would do any better on a Friday. If 1.2 is all they can get for the premiere, I dread to think what the rest of the season will bring.

  • HV

    Here are my thoughts regarding ABC on a daily basis:

    NBC will obviously win all night due to football until post-Olympics. Fox does well on Sundays. ABC will do well with OUAT at 8, like always, and beat NBC after football ends. 9:00 who knows what will happen except that (post-football) Fox will win. For ABC all hope is lost at 10:00 until March, when Resurrection is on. Still, I think it will between CBS and NBC at that hour.

    NBC wins with The Voice and The Blacklist. I’m sorry, there’s just no chance for the other networks.

    ABC wins 8:00 at first, but CBS wins starting around November most likely, and then NBC wins beginning in March. NBC wins 9:00 through December. CBS wins the rest of the year, with Fox in second then. 10:00 will go NBC in 2013 but CBS in 2014, but it will be close all year.

    It’s between CBS and ABC at 8:00 in 2013, and it’s between CBS, ABC, and Fox in 2014. American Idol will not dominate as much as usual this year. 9:00 goes to ABC in 2013 and it’s between ABC and Fox in 2014. The 10:00 hour goes to CBS all the way. I think that it’s between ABC and CBS to win the night in 2013, and it’s Fox in 2014, but only by a small lead.

    CBS wins 8:00 as usual, but not by anywhere near as much, and it’s between CBS and Fox in 2014. ABC will be in 2nd in 2013 and 3rd in 2014. 9:00 is between ABC and CBS. 10:00 goes to ABC.

    CBS will win 8:00 September-October. It’s a fight between CBS and Fox from November on. ABC will join the fight once The Neighbors is canceled and removed from that slot and Suburgatory or whatever is going to take over does so. 9:00 will be between ABC and NBC, but most likely going to ABC. 10:00 is between ABC and CBS.

  • JIames

    ABC spent a fortune promoting LMS and it backfired. It’s taking Shark-Tank down with it. They should cancel LMS & Neighbors, put Shark Tank back at 8, and re-run Castle at 9. Ain’t that hard to figure out,

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