If you were watching Fox Sports 1 last night you know, Hell, you probably know anyway, that the Kansas City Royals are heading to the World Series next week to take on the New York Mets. The midwestern team defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Friday to win the American League Championship Series 4-2.
On primetime the victories were almost as tight as last night’s game – maybe because of last night’s game. Still, not facing MLB directly on Fox proper, CBS’s Blue Bloods (1.2/4) and ABC’s Shark Tank (1.5/6) both saw rises among adults 18-49 from last week. In the case of the Tom Selleck-led NYPD drama, which was the most watched show of the night (10.27 million) as usual, it was a 9% uptick in the demo from its double-digit drop of its October 16 show. The top rated show of Friday night, the ABC entrepreneurial reality series cashed in a 7% 18-49 rise after taking a loss itself last week.
ABC was the No. #1 network of the night among the key demo with a 1.3/5 rating with CBS not far behind with a 1.1/4 and in the top viewership spot with 8.21 million watching. At 9 PM, Hawaii Five-O (1.0/4) was even with the fast nationals of its October 16 show and down 9% from the adjustment wave it rose up on in the final numbers – which means we could see such a shift again this week. The Amazing Race (1.1/5) was even with last week’s final numbers.
The same cannot be said of NBC’s Undateable (0.7/3) and freshman Truth Be Told (0.6/2). In the third week of its third season, the live on both coasts former fell 22% from last week to hit a low. Coming off an already NBC in-season debut low, that didn’t bode well for Truth Be Told. The comedy went down 14% to hit Def Con One results that must have network brass wondering already about how long before they have to push the button.
On the other laugh track, ABC’s offering of Last Man Standing (1.2/5) and Dr. Ken (1.2/5) were both fairly steady with just a 7% dip from their October 16 shows. With Jay Leno making an appearance as a mechanic to talk cars, President Barack Obama and David Letterman on the Tim Allen-led LMS, the show saw its best viewership since February 27 with an audience of 7.16 million. News mag 20/20 (1.2/4) was even with last week – as was NBC’s 2-hour Dateline (0.9/3).
The CW saw Reign (0.2/1) drop 33% in the third week of its third season while a clip show America’s Next Top Model (0.2/1) was down the same from its last airing on October 9.