The CW’s new Friday lineup premiered last night, anchored by summer breakout Whose Line Is Is Anyway at 8 PM. The improv comedy opened its second cycle with a 0.6 in adults 18-49 and 1.91 million viewers. That was down sharply from the 1.1 for the show’s summer debut but that opener was boosted by curiosity as it marked the comedy’s return after a six-year hiatus. Last night’s Whose Line edged the summer finale (0.5). It also topped in the demo the second Friday airing of Fox’s Rake (0.5, flat with last week, 1.92 million) at 8 PM. Whose Line’s viewership was the largest for a regularly scheduled CW programming in the hour in almost three years, since the May 2011 season finale of former Friday dweller Supernatural. At 9 PM, Hart of Dixie (0.4, 1.23 million) rose by a tenth in 18-49 in its new home vs. its last airing on Monday and by 19% in total viewers. It tied Fox in the hour in 18-49, facing an Enlisted rerun (0.4) and new Raising Hope (0.4).
With CBS’ lineup benched for NCAA Basketball, ABC won the night in 18-49 (1.6) and total viewers (6.8 million). Following a Last Man Standing repeat (0.9), The Neighbors (0.9) was up a tenth from last week. Shark Tank (2.0) was up a tenth from its fast national last week to once again rank as the top program of the night. So far, the reality series’ repeats had been used to fill holes left by swiftly cancelled ABC dramas, like Lucky 7 and The Assets. Now the network will test its best utility player in the black hole of a slot, Thursday 8 PM, which has swallowed half a dozen high profile drama series over the past couple of years. 20/20 (1.7) was down 11% from last week.
Despite the lack of drama competition from CBS, NBC’s Grimm (1.5), post early renewal, was down a tenth from last week. Hannibal (0.9) held steady. CBS’ NCAA coverage has logged a 1.2 in the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals, running a tad ahead of the comparable telecast last year.