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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  • BigBrotherFan

    I agree with @jupiter3765 I think Paul Lee is doing great with ABC and (most) of the shows are way better than any of the other junk that CBS and NBC offer. Too bad THE NEIGHBORS isn’t in that category. The show is plain bad and I never once got any of the appeal.

    Tim Allen seems like an okay comedy dude but his brand was kinda 90s family sitcom night. Now that the kids who watched Home Improvement with their parents are in their mid to late 20’s he seems pretty irrelevant. I checked this one out in 2011 and fell asleep 10 minutes into it. Not sure I’m really their demographic though even though I’m in my mid 20’s.

  • Derrick

    Wow,so many The Neighbors haters.

    why is it even being compared to that other show? did someone from ABC actually say one got canelled because the other got renewed ?

  • sofaspud

    So we lost Happy Endings for The Neighbors? SMH

  • Renz

    Lol, “The Neighbors”… I mean The Flopbors. ABC will fail on Fridays this fall with exception of “Shark Tank” but I think “Last Man Standing” will fall by 1-2 million but will recover in november. “Neighbors” will move to saturdays by December and then bring back “Malibu Country”. I can see “Suburgatory” and mid-season series “Mixology” will be on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Prediction for next friday (ABC):
    LMS – 6.96M Total , 1.9 A18-49
    TN – 4.34M Total , 0.8 A18-49

  • Renz

    Shark Tank – 7.15M Total, 2.3 A18-49
    And finally….
    20/20 – 5.98M Total, 2.0 A18-49

  • Jon

    People seriously need to let go of malibu country. I’m a big fan of Reba as anyone, but lets face it that show was a real dud. 1.2 for the neighbors is not the end of the world. its Friday, networks are going to have to lower their expectations.

  • Jon

    @hv ….do you honestly believe Abc is going to win Tuesday night up against ncis and ncisla and poi

  • Jayme


    The thing with all nets this year is they have picked up a fair amount of new shows so if they do pull the Neighbours Abc has a good amount of replacements.

  • June

    ABC will win Fridays , then NBC when Grimm and Dracula premiered . CBS is going to drop because of H50. This show is a failure on syndication and it will crash on Fridays.
    @Rob , if H50 beats Shark Tank , I will join u running the streets naked, LOL

  • s0303

    personally, i think the neighbors is awful…never saw malibu country so i don’t know if it was any better, but the neighbors deserves even worse ratings than this…

  • omabin


    I disagree, I don’t think ABC has that much to replace the neighbors with. They are premiering 4 new comedies – it is almost a sure thing that at least one of them will flop quite possibly two. Suburgatory will need to replace the most immediate flop because they will not be ready to plug in a new show (Mixology) that quickly. Then I suppose if all other 3 work, one of them could be sent to fridays to replace the neighbors, with mixology taking the midweek slot.

    9h Trophy Wife
    9h30 Suburgatory

    8h The Middle
    8h30 Back in the Game
    9h Modern Family
    9h30 Mixology

    8h Last Man Standing
    8h30 The Goldbergs

    But it would require so much moving around that I doubt it, they will probably leave the neighbors there for the whole season. I think there is a higher chance that they double up on LMS than there is that they bring another comedy there.

  • Oliver


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

    Paul Lee became head of ABC in July 2010, so he’ll have overseen development for the 2011-12 shows completely.

    In terms of network administrations, I’d rank them:
    Tassler (CBS) > Pedowitz (CW) > Reilly (Fox) > Lee (ABC) > Greenblatt (NBC)

    CBS has so few at-bats but they make them count. They are generally the best run network. I can, however, see problems on the horizon as a lot of their shows are aging and they don’t have the schedule space to develop new ones. They’re also skewing way too old.

    The CW is such a tough network to run and Ostroff completely ran it into the ground. I think Pedowitz has done as well as anyone could have in those circumstances. Developing Arrow and Whose Line seems like a huge win.

    Fox manages to get big premieres out of nothing despite few at-bats and lead-ins. I don’t really blame Reilly for the problems at X Factor/Idol. It’s a miracle Idol did as well as it did for as long as it did.

    Lee at ABC had a fantastic first season but has been a bust since, and some of the shows are just atrocious.

    NBC has become even worse since Greenblatt took over, and he doesn’t get credit for The Voice which he inherited from the previous administration.

  • Oliver

    People are generally overestimating how strong Malibu Country was. It averaged 1.2 after the new year, and didn’t run after daylight savings.

    I think The Neighbors and Malibu was a wash. I think ABC just thought there was more potential upside from The Neighbors (even if it cost them more). I can see them being patient.

  • william

    ABC should bring back Malibu Country and Rebas 5 million fan base. Bring in some special guest stars from the country music world and they will have a perfect family show for friday night. A solid 7 million viewers at 1.3-1.6

    This is not too late for ABC to do! Rebas fans are rock solid and loyal followers.. PICK UP THE PHONE ABC AND GET THIS DONE NOW!!!! ITS NEVER TOO LATE WITH REBA!!!

  • Oliver

    People are generally overvaluing Malibu Country. It was averaging 1.2 or so after the New Year and didn’t air into spring.

    I expect The Neighbors is costing ABC more, but they see more upside. Personally, I think ABC will be somewhat patient with it. They like the show and it’s in a low-priority slot on Friday.

  • Jayme


    The only way you could bring back Mc for this year is do a 6-8 episode order.

  • One

    At long last, the wretchedness of The Neighbors shall be extinguished.

  • One


    Who would’ve reckoned cleaning out my cookies would do the trick?

  • Niallerz24

    Last man standing held up well. Hopefully the rest of the season will hold up just as we’ll.

  • anna g

    Here are my thoughts regarding ABC on a daily basis:

    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.

    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.
    I agree with you about Monday night – in fall it will belong to NBC. Also “The black list” trailer looked really decent and I will definitely check this one out. “Hostages” is a serialized show like “Revolution” – imo it will go down quickly, the story is not compelling and the trailer bored me. Inteligence failed to capture my interest as well, and this guy from Lost is so god damn annoying. Also I’m worried a bit about Castle ratings – hopefully it will get 2.0 in 18-49 demo.

    As for Tuesday I’m not so sure here. It will be interesting battle between NCIS and Shield at 8 pm, after that there are ABC comedies against NBC’s The voice which will win most likely and NCIS LA. CBS will be secong at 9 pm. As for 10 pm, this time slot will belong to CBS and PoI. I’m just curious of the ratings -will they be in mid 2’s or lower?

    As for Friday – it’s really packed night. 8 pm will probably go to CBS, 9 pm is really crammed – we have Shark tank (winner), Grimm and Hawaii Five O – it will be really tough for H50 to get good ratings after the mess Peter Lenkov made in season 3 – demo 1.5 will be a success. I’m keeping my fingers crossed otherwise it will be the last season.

    I wish The good wife to have better ratings than last year – currently it’s the best network scripted drama but it will go against Revenge (which was also messed up seriously in season 2) so we will have to wait and see.

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