It was an East Coast vs. West Coast battle on the season finale of MasterChef Jr. (1.5/5) last night. After a 7-episode run, NYC’s 13-year old Alexander Weiss and Culver City’s 12-year old Dara Yu faced off for the trophy and the $100,000 grand prize. For Fox, the latest Gordon Ramsay show has proven a winner too. A solid Friday night ratings return since its September 27 debut, MasterChef Jr was up 15% among adults 18-49 last night and bopped up 5% among total viewers to 4.2 million. All of which gave the freshman its best demo and viewership results since its premiere. While not officially renewed for a second season yet, MasterChef Jr. looks to be a sure bet to back on the network that seemingly can’t get enough Ramsay. Additionally Ramsay beat Ramsay as MC Jr.’s finale brought the network a 25% jump over the same night last year when Kitchen Nightmares pulled in a 1.2/4 on November 9, 2012. With a Sleepy Hollow (0.6/2) encore ending its night, Fox got a 1.0/3 rating Friday.

In terms of who won the night in the key demo on Friday, it was a 1.5.5 ratings tie between ABC and CBS. The latter came in first in total viewers with 9.89 million viewers to the former’s 6.197 million.

Once again, Shark Tank (2.0/6) was the highest rated show of the night for the 8th week in a row. Last night’s telecast of the entrepreneurial reality series was even with last week’s show to match a season high. Shark Tank has hit that 2.0 four times this season so there is a good chance, based on its usual one-tenth rise from nationals to final numbers precedent, that it could hit a new demo high when the numbers come in later today. The No. 2 spot in the 9 PM slot saw a reversal of fortune. For the first time this season CBSHawaii Five-O (1.4/5) topped NBC’s Grimm (1.3/4) in the demo. The 50th state-set cop drama was up 8% from its November 1 show while in the third week of its third season, the procedural fantasy show was down again – this time 15% from last week to a season low. Of course, this is just round 1 and Grimm is a big DVR gainer that could catch up with Five-O when the Live+3 numbers come in next week. In terms of viewership, Five-O was down a small bit from last week to 9.39 million watching while Grimm remained basically steady at 4.94 million.

Elsewhere last night, NBC’s Dateline (1.0/4) at 8PM was down three-tenths from its last original but up 43% over last week’s limp Why We (Heart) Vampires special that the network ran in the slot. Talking about vampires, Dracula (1.0/3) did not find any fresh blood at 10 PM last night. The new series saw a biting 23% drop in its third week The Jonathan Rhys Meyers starrer also was down in viewers from last week’s 3.4 million watching to 2.99 million last night.

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On CBS, Undercover Boss (1.8/6) started network primetime and provided a strong lead-in to Five-O as the reality show surged up 29% from last week. With 10.98 million viewers at 10 PM, Blue Bloods (1.3/4) was the most watched show of the night once again and up from last week’s 10.7 million. Among the demo, the Tom Selleck-led family cop drama saw an 8% rise over its November 1 show. ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing (1.4/5) and The Neighbors (1.0/4) were respectively steady and up 10% in the demo. While winning its 10 PM time slot over Blue Bloods (8%) and Dracula (40%), News mag 20/20 (1.4/5) was down a tenth from last week in the demo and down in viewership to 6.0 million from last week’s season high of 7.65 million.

The CW saw both The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1) and America’s Next Top Model (0.4/1) even with their results of last week.