Maybe they just need to hug it out on Glee (0.5/2) after last night – because they really lost the plot on Friday as the Fox series fell to an all time low among adults 18-49. With a hard 29% free fall from last week, the “What The World Needs Now’ episode of Christian rockers, gay marriage and of course a whole lot of singing was the bottom for the show after six seasons on the air and six struggling episodes this final cycle relegated to Fridays. Last among the Big 4 in the demo in its time slot, Glee also hit a low in viewership with a mere 1.57 million watching the 9 PM show. That made it the second least watched show of the night and down 15% from its January 30 show.
Certainly not helping what some might call an epic fail for Glee was the faceplant that lead-in World’s Funniest Fails (0.8/3) delivered. The dick clark productions co-produced Terry Crew hosted video clip show went down 27% from last week’s slight rise to hit its worst performance since debuting on January 16. All of which meant, Fox fell 22% from last week to snag a 0.7/2 overall rating and last place among the Big 4 last night.
As Fox was last again, ABC was number #1 in the 18-49 demo for the fifth Friday in a row with a 1.4/5 rating. Still, showing how programing is an art and not a science, the network had its shares of up and downs and no movement at all last night. While the top rated scripted show of the night, Last Man Standing (1.3/5) was even with last week. For ABC’s other Friday comedy there was some relief as unsteady freshman Cristela (1.1/4) got some traction and rose 10% from its January 30 show. The top rated show of the night overall, Shark Tank (1.9/7) was also even with last week, which was a 13% drop from the reality show’s season high of January 16. That even return didn’t carry over for lead-out 20/20 (1.2/4). The news mag show tumbled 20% from last week.
With 9.65 million tuning in, CBS was the most watched network of the night and had a pretty steady Friday overall. Both Undercover Boss (1.3/5) and Blue Bloods (1.3/5) tied their respective demo results of last week. With 11.33 million watching, the family NYPD drama saw a slight slip in viewers from January 30 but nothing to make Tom Selleck shave his signature mustache over. In the middle of CBS’s night and facing the most competitive slot of the night, the 9 PM Hawaii Five-O (1.3/4) stumbled 13% from last week. The 50th state based series was second in the slot after Shark Tank and just ahead of NBC’s Grimm (1.2/4), which itself slipped 8% from January 30.
In its penultimate episode of its 13-show NBC run, the often bedraggled Constantine (0.8/3) had the good fortune to be even last night with last week. Still, that put the certainly soon to be shuttered demon detective series tied for last place in its slot with Fox’s World’s Funniest Fails and tied once again for its worst performance among adults 18-49. The news was not so great for news mag Dateline (1.0/4) also – it was down 17% from last week.
The CW had good times and OK times on Friday with Hart Of Dixie (0.4/2) leaping up 33% from last week’s big big drop. The just OK part of that equation was that the 9:30 PM Masters Of Illusion (0.3/1) remained even with its January 30 show and the week before that, for that matter.