January 14, 2012

The Sked: FRIDAY RATINGS January 13

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>ABC tied CBS for first place Friday night with a 1.6 rating from 8-11 pm, thanks to the series finale of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition from 8-10 pm (1.6 rating).  The finale started slowly at 8:00-8:30 with a second place 1.4 but built steadily to a first place 1.8 from 9:30-10:00.  Of course, these numbers pale in comparison to the show’s heyday Sundays at 8 pm when it was the perfect lead-in to the instant hit Desperate Housewives.  The home rebuilding program regularly scored in the 6 and 7 demo rating range, with November 7, 2004 a particular highlight: Extreme Home special at 7 pm (4.5 rating), Extreme Home at 8 (8.5), Desperate Housewives (11.1) and Boston Legal (5.1).  Of course, TV shows often overstay their welcome, and it is kind of sad to see this one go out under a 2 rating on a Friday night.  But what a run it had for its fans and for main sponsor Sears.  20/20 rounded out the night with a close second place 1.7 at 10 pm.

CBS started slowly with the struggling A Gifted Man at 8 pm (third place 1.3 rating), but then it got back in the game from 9 pm on.  CSI New York (1.7) tied ABC for the 9-10 pm hour, while Blue Bloods (1.8) narrowly won the 10 pm hour.

FOX finished in third place with a 1.4 from 8-10 pm.  Kitchen Nightmares (1.7) won the 8 pm hour, but then the incredibly narrow Fringe sunk to a fourth place 1.1 at 9 pm.

NBC finished in fourth place with a 1.2 rating from 8-11 pm.  Chuck (talk about a show that has overstayed its welcome — without ever being a hit) scored a 0.9 rating from 8-9 pm, a weak fourth place.  Grimm (1.4) moved the network into third place at 9 pm, and Dateline (1.3) kept NBC in third at 10 pm.  


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.