TV ratings: 'Fringe' holds steady on a night of repeats and holiday specials

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Fast National ratings for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

A night filled with reruns and Christmas specials marked another holiday Friday, leading to decreased ratings for most programs. However, "Fringe," the lone new scripted offering, held steady from last week.

"Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country," both in reruns were down significantly from the week before. CBS' "Good Wife" marathon posted low numbers for the network but remained steady throughout the night. NBC and ABC both posted wins during the night with Christmas specials.

ABC won the quiet night with 4.8 million viewers and a 3.2/6 share in households. NBC followed with 4.4 million viewers (2.9/5 households), with CBS (4.1 million viewers, 2.9/5 households), FOX (2.7 million viewers, 1.7/3 households) and The CW (1.8 million viewers, 0.9/2 households) coming in behind.

ABC and FOX tied for the lead among adults 18-49 at 1.0. NBC was third at 0.8, and FOX and The CW tied at 0.6.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC: "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" (5.0 million viewers, 3.2/6 households)
ABC: "Last Man Standing" (4.3 million viewers, 2.9/5 households)/"Malibu Country" (3.8 million viewers, 2.5/4 households)
CBS: "The Good Wife" (4.1 million viewers, 3.0/5 households)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.4 million viewers, 1.5/3 households)
The CW: "The Happy Elf" (1.7 million viewers, 1.0/2 households)

18-49 leader: (tie) "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" and "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.0)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" (5.1 million viewers, 3.3/6 households)
NBC: "Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays" (4.4 million viewers, 2.8/5 households)
CBS: "The Good Wife" (3.9 million viewers, 2.8/5 households)
FOX: "Fringe" (3.0 million viewers, 1.9/3 households)
The CW: "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.9 million viewers, 1.0/2 households)

18-49 leader: "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" (1.1)

10 p.m.

ABC: "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" (5.4 million viewers, 3.5/6 households)
CBS: "The Good Wife" (4.1 million viewers, 3.0/5 households)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (3.8 million viewers, 2.7/5 households)

18-49 leader: "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" (1.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Photo/Video credit: ABC