Friday night saw CBS and ABC split the demo win, while CBS won total viewers as it almost always manages to.
ABC's comedy duo of Last Man Standing and Malibu Country have finally stopped dropping this week, with LMS matching last Friday, and MC rising a bit. 20/20 was up 33% at 10, but it was talking about the school shooting, so I'm not really surprised.
CBS' second broadcast of Rudolph this holiday season managed to win the demos for its timeslot yet again, reinforcing America's love for reindeer with radioactive facial features. Follow-up Christmas specials Yes Virginia and Elf On A Shelf both rose from last December. CBS also aired a news report about the shooting at 10. Ah news networks, gotta milk every last minute out of any major story. Nevermind that the events of the day had been covered over and over again for about twelve straight hours at that point.
FOX had a mixed night, with Kitchen Nightmares dropping 8%, but Fringe rising 22% out of the blue. Maybe people are starting to pay more attention as we draw ever closer to the series finale. Night 5 of NBC's Take It All dropped yet again, marking a drop every day since Tuesday. NBC :gasp: also aired a special about the Sandy Hook shooting. I obviously mean absolutely no disrespect to those effected by that horrific tragedy, but the news media really gets shameless during times like these. Talk about wall to wall coverage. Finally, The CW aired Prancer Returns instead of new programming, and the special drew about the same as Nikita does in the same timeslot.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
CBS - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - 1.9 - 6 - 6.61
ABC - Last Man Standing (N) - 1.5 - 5 - 6.98
FOX - Kitchen Nightmares (N) - 1.1 - 4 - 3.03
NBC - Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays - 0.9 - 3 - 4.08
CW - Prancer Returns - 0.4 - 1 - 1.54
ABC - Malibu Country (N) - 1.5 - 5 - 6.53
CBS - Yes Virginia - 1.6 - 5 - 5.91
ABC - Shark Tank (R) - 1.2 - 4 - 4.28
NBC - Take It All (N) - 1.1 - 3 - 4.74
FOX - Fringe (N) - 1.1 - 3 - 3.13
CBS - Elf On A Shelf - 1.5 - 5 - 5.96
NBC - Dateline (N) - 2.0 - 6 - 6.76
ABC - 20/20 (N) - 1.6 - 5 - 6.25
CBS - CBS News: Newtown - 1.2 - 4 - 5.68
Source: Nielsen Media Research