140424_2020_shark_promo_16x9_992There was a lot of up-and-down movement last night. ABC was the biggest gainer, winning with an average of 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, a Friday season high and the network’s best result on the night in year-and-a-half, since Nov. 9, 2012. Opening things at 8 PM was the special Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks (1.5), matching ABC’s season high for the time slot. It boosted Shark Tank (2.2), which was up 22% from last week to tie a season high. The gains carried over to 10 PM’s 20/20 (1.7, up 21%, 7 million viewers). It featured Barbara Walters’ headline-making interview with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Staviano though the sit-down came together so last minute that ABC had no time to promote it for bigger ratings. It is getting a major online play.

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Look who is getting in the renewal consideration game: CBS’ Unforgettable (1.1) shot up 22% from last week. Given its trimmed budget and half CBS ownership, if it can maintain these levels, a summer/midseason run is not as out of the question as it seemed. Hawaii Five-0 ( 1.2) did only marginally better, down a tenth from last week. Blue Bloods (1.5) was up a tenth. It was once again the most watched program of the night with 11.4 million viewers. CBS was the most watched network (9.2 million).

Jimi
10 months
Also, YES for the Hannibal increase! Such a great show, glad people are catching on.
Jimi
10 months
Swimming With Sharks had some interesting info, but was horribly produced. There was so much meaningless filler,...
jared
10 months
They don't translate. The 1.5 is the total 18-49 viewers and the 7 million is overall numbers.

Fox’s two-hour Kitchen Nightmares (0.8) was down 27% from last week. NBC’s fast nationals were skewed by an NBA preemption in Portland. Dateline is currently at a 1.2, up a tenth from last week; Grimm at a 1.4, up 16%, and Hannibal at a 1.1, up 22%.

On the CW, Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.4) was down a tenth from last week. Somewhat alarming 33% (.1) drop for Hart of Dixie (0.2), which tied a series low and was the lowest rated program on the CW this week, not a position you want to be in when on the bubble with a ton of other shows.