The first Friday of the February sweep saw ABC taking the top spot of the night with a 1.5/5 rating among adults 18-49 and CBS snagging No. 1 with total viewers and an audience of 10.31 million. For the most part, that’s the Friday pattern this season. And accordingly, for the 14th consecutive first run this season, Shark Tank (1.9/7) was the highest rated show of the night even though it dropped 13% from its last original of January 16. Blue Bloods (1.3/5) was, as it is almost every Friday, the most watched show of the night. The Tom Selleck-led family cop drama had 11.86 million watching even though it was down a tenth among the key demo from its last new show two weeks ago and down from the 12.73 million who watched that show.
Still, with Shark Tank and BB taking their usual spots, that’s the more of the same part of Friday night. Otherwise there was a fair degree of flux on Friday night as the Big 4 all had original slates on.
With only two episodes left in its 13-show run and in its third week at 8 PM, NBC’s Constantine (0.8/3) felt the pain as it lost the long sought upward momentum it caught last week. This week, the demon detective series based on the acclaimed DC Comics owned publication was down 11% from January 23 to match its worst result since it debuted on October 24. Once again, Constantine was last among the Big 4 in its time slot. It was behind Undercover Boss (1.3/5), which slipped 7% from last week, Last Man Standing (1.3/5), even with its last original, and Fox’s World’s Funniest Fails (1.1/4). The latter was the only show to rise, along with 20/20 (1.5/5) at 10 PM, last night. Fails had a 10% uptick from last week. While that was good news for the freshman Fox show, the ABC News mag show was the real rocket of the night – it took off 36% from last week.
For Fox’s other original of the night things were neither up nor down as Glee (0.7/2) matched last week’s show and the week before that for that matter. ABC’s freshman 8:30 comedy Cristela (1.1/4) was also even with its last original of two weeks ago. In the 9 PM slot, and receiving no favors from lead-in Constantine, NBC’s Grimm (1.2/4) was down a tenth from last week as was its CBS rival Hawaii Five-O (1.4/5). Ending the night for NBC and up against Blue Bloods and 20/20, Dateline (1.2/4) dipped 7% from its January 23 broadcast.
On the CW, Hart Of Dixie (0.3/1) was down an avalanche of a 40% from last week’s double-digit rise. Masters Of Illusion (0.3/1) was even with its January 23 show.