First of all, let’s give credit where Friday night primetime credit is due. While it wasn’t the highest rated show of the night (Hello Shark Tank) nor was it the most watched (Salute Blue Bloods), Fox’s MasterChef Jr. (1.4/5) was the only show last night to actually go up over last week. With judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot getting doused in cream on Friday’s 8 PM show, MC Jr. bopped up 8% over their October 4 show, the second week of the new series. The freshman kid cooking show, which pulled in a 1.6/6 on its September 27 debut, was Fox’s only original of the night with an encore of Sleepy Hollow (0.7/2) following at 9 PM.
With a full night of originals, CBS topped Friday’s primetime in both the ratings with a 1.4/5 and, very important on the often older leaning night, in overall viewers with 9.03 million watching. On the whole CBS saw just some dips from last week with Undercover Boss (1.3/5) and Hawaii Five-O (1.4/5) both down 7% from their October 4 shows. Audience magnet Blue Bloods (1.4/5) saw a viewership drop from last week’s 11.1 million to last night’s 10.19 million but the Tom Selleck-lead cop drama was even among adults 18-49 with its last showing.
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Among the key demo, Shark Tank (1.7/6) was tops for the fourth week in a row. Having said that, which saw a performance from Brian McKnight, the fourth week of the fifth season of the entrepreneurial reality series was down 11% from the final numbers of its October 4 episode. Shark Tank also saw a viewership slip from the final numbers of 6.45 million watching last week to 6.41 million watching last night according to fast nationals. If the past four weeks are any indication expect that and the demo rating to rise in final numbers. ABC started the night off with Last Man Standing (1.2/5), which was down 14% from last week, and the struggling The Neighbors (0.9/3), which was down 10%. While taking a demo hit, both shows were pretty much steady viewershipwise with last week. Then again, proving what a fickle world TV can be, the network ended the night with 20/20 (1.1/4) taking a 31% dive from the 1.6 it drew in fast nationals last week. ABC came in the No. 2 spot behind CBS on Friday with a rating of a close 1.3/4 and viewership of a distant 5.42 million.
The only original on NBC last night was a two-hour Dateline (1.1/4) from 9 PM to 11 PM. With lead-in of The Michael J. Fox Show (0.6/2) and Sean Saves The World (0.6/2) encores, the newsmag series was down 15% from last week. The CW had a repeat of its new Tomorrow People (0.3/1) at 8 PM followed by a new America’s Next Top Model (0.4/1) that was even with its last show – just like it was the week before.