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[12/15/12 - 08:33 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, december 14, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (5.76 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and CBS (6.07 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) shared the demo crown on Friday as the former offered up new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.98 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Malibu Country" (6.53 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) alongside a repeat of "Shark Tank" (4.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and a new "20/20" (6.25 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

The Eye - which was also the most-watched network - then served up its holiday mix of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" (6.61 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Yes, Virginia" (5.91 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Elf on a Shelf" (5.96 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) plus the "CBS News Special: Tragedy in Newtown" (5.68 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.19 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), which went with its lineup of "Michael Buble Christmas Special" (4.08 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13), "Take It All" (4.74 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (6.76 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.08 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.03 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Fringe" (3.13 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

And finally, the feature "Prancer Returns" (1.54 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.54 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film delivered a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+23.08% - 20/20
+22.22% - Fringe
+17.65% - Dateline NBC
+7.14% - Last Man Standing
+7.14% - Malibu Country
-8.33% - Kitchen Nightmares

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+77.78% - 20/20
+53.85% - Dateline NBC
+25.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
+25.00% - Malibu Country (vs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
+22.22% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown)
+20.00% - CBS News Special: Tragedy in Newtown (vs. Blue Bloods (Repeat))
0.00% - Fringe (vs. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas/The Simpsons (Repeat))
-26.67% - Take It All (vs. Grimm)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 4.0/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.6/7.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/2; "Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/16/11):

NBC (4.81 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled off a rare Friday win thanks to a new "Chuck" (3.22 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), the fall finale of "Grimm" (5.16 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (6.06 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

ABC (4.55 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (4.76 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), another "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (5.17 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "20/20" (3.71 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.19 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its mix of "Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" (3.02 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (3.77 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "The Simpsons" (2.95 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) encores.

Meanwhile, CBS (6.07 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "A Gifted Man" (5.17 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "CSI: NY" (6.40 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Blue Bloods" (6.66 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Nikita" (1.35 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.16 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.25 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+9.09% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 8:00
-6.25% - Grimm
-10.00% - Chuck
-13.33% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 9:00
-18.75% - Dateline NBC
-30.77% - 20/20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 8:00 (vs. Supernanny)
+7.14% - Grimm (vs. Dateline NBC)
0.00% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 9:00 (vs. Primetime: What Would You Do?)
-7.14% - Dateline NBC
-10.00% - Chuck (vs. Minute to Win It)
-10.00% - 20/20

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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