ABC Ratings Race: Last Man Standing & Malibu Country Make Happy Endings & Don’t Trust the B Look Worse

Once the final ratings for Friday’s editions of Last Man Standing and Malibu Country were figured in, the sitcoms dropped down the averages list but they’re still doing much better than Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. That’s really bad when you consider Last Man and Malibu air on Friday nights, an evening when viewership is lower. It looks certain that Don’t Trust the B will be cancelled.

ABC’s Sunday night line-up — America’s Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and 666 Park Avenue — all had a bad night but those numbers didn’t affect the show averages very much. Of course, 666 Park Avenue is still in terrible shape and is still headed for cancellation. At this point, Last Resort has a better chance at survival but both are very likely doomed.

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the averages? Which show(s) do you feel should be doing better or worse, based on their quality? Comment below.

Here are the season averages as of Monday, November 12, 2012:

ABC Scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Modern Family 4.8 (4.83) 12.38 season 4 ratings
Grey’s Anatomy 3.6 (3.58) 10.06 season 9 ratings
Once Upon a Time 3.3 (3.31) 9.90 season 2 ratings
Revenge 2.7 (2.73) 8.54 season 2 ratings
Suburgatory 2.7 (2.70) 7.20 season 2 ratings
The Middle 2.6 (2.60) 8.60 season 4 ratings
The Neighbors 2.1 (2.14) 6.87 season 1 ratings
Nashville 2.1 (2.12) 6.80 season 1 ratings
Castle 2.0 (2.03) 10.47 season 4 ratings
Malibu Country 2.0 (2.00) 8.23 season 1 ratings
Scandal 2.0 (1.98) 6.13 season 2 ratings
Last Man Standing 1.8 (1.80) 8.07 season 2 ratings
Last Resort 1.7 (1.68) 7.29 season 1 ratings
Private Practice (last season) 1.6 (1.63) 5.76 season 6 ratings
Happy Endings 1.6 (1.60) 4.94 season 3 ratings
666 Park Avenue 1.6 (1.59) 4.86 season 1 ratings
Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 1.5 (1.45) 3.73 season 2 ratings
ABC non-scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Dancing with the Stars 2.2 (2.23) 13.52 cycle 15 ratings
Dancing with the Stars (results) 2.1 (2.08) 12.41 cycle 15 ratings
Shark Tank 1.9 (1.86) 6.57 season 4 ratings
Primetime 1.5 (1.50) 4.72 season 24 ratings
20/20 1.5 (1.45) 5.27 season 35 ratings
America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.4 (1.43) 6.10 season 23 ratings

These charts incorporate the daily final ABC show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.

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2 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Bethany says

    Shocking! 4 shows that I go out of my way to watch every single episode of, yet keep getting bumped because of elections, or storm coverage, or my all time favorite… cable outtages are getting poor ratings??? No way! I mean these shows (Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B, Last Man Standing, and Malibu Country in no particular order) actually make a person laugh on a consistant basis. They give people a reason to forget about the horror that is modern day life for 1/2 hr at a time. I can’t believe that the ratings are suffering after a season filled with pre-emptings, abnormally horrific weather, and technical difficulties that are beyond the control of the viewer. Huh (Note the sarcasm. I basically have resolved myself to the fact that any show worth watching on network television will be canceled. Freeing up time for me to watch more cable and Netflix. This is what they are going for right?)

  2. copshowfan says

    I suppose I don’t understand why Last Resort, which seems to be a mini-series more than a show, would have to go beyond one season anyway.

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