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[12/22/12 - 08:38 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Splits Demos with FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, december 21, 2012)

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

ABC (4.84 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (4.29 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Malibu Country" (3.78 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) repeats plus the two-hour special "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" (5.25 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

FOX (2.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared the demo crown thanks to a repeat of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.40 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and a new "Fringe" (3.02 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.42 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" (5.05 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Michael Buble Christmas Special" (4.44 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) alongside its mainstay "Dateline NBC" (3.78 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.05 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) offered up its marathon lineup of "The Good Wife" (4.13 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), another "The Good Wife" (3.92 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and yet another "The Good Wife" (4.12 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "The Happy Elf" (1.73 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.88 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) on The CW (1.80 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Elf" delivered a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reindeer" a 0.6 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-9.09% - Fringe
-60.00% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Fringe (vs. Fringe (Repeat))
+6.80% - Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour (vs. Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice/Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special/20/20)
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Dateline NBC (Repeat))

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," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 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," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/23/11):

ABC (4.17 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) slipped into the top spot on Friday with its mix of "Shrek the Halls" (5.09 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation" (3.71 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (3.49 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special" (3.31 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "20/20" (4.70 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

CBS (6.71 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the most-watched network with its all-repeat lineup of "A Gifted Man" (5.61 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "CSI: NY" (7.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (7.22 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.15 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Chuck" (3.41 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by repeats of "Grimm" (2.90 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.15 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.91 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.44 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Fringe" (1.39 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Olive, the Other Reindeer" (1.27 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.60 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) on The CW (1.44 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) capped the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):

+11.11% - 20/20
+11.11% - Chuck

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-9.09% - 20/20 (vs. Santa Clause 2 (Repeat))
-28.57% - Chuck (vs. It's a Wonderful Life (Repeat))

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," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; 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," 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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