With the World Series over, Fox last night debuted its regular Friday fall lineup with the fourth season premiere of MasterChef Junior (1.3 in adults 18-49) an the second season opener of World’s Funniest (0.8).
This was the lowest rated premiere of MasterChef Junior, which started on Fridays in fall 2013, launching with a 1.6 in 18-49, before being upgraded to Tuesdays for the last two seasons, opening both times with a 1.8. Despite likely tying a Live+same day series low last night, MasterChef Jr.‘s 1.3 demo rating was a solid delivery, the second highest 18-49 rating of the night behind ABC’s Shark Tank (1.6, +.2), recovering from its low last week when it faced the World Series to hit a five-week high.
As it could be expected, most shows that were around in fall 2013, have slipped. Compared to the Friday night of Sept. 28, 2013 when MasterChef Junior made its series debut, Shark Tank was down -.3 while Blue Bloods (1.2) was down -.5. Then there is ABC’s venerable Last Man Standing (1.2) that you can set your clock by — it is as steady as they come, on par not only with last week but also with its Sept. 28, 2013 outing. Speaking of consistent, Last Man’s lead-out, Dr. Ken (1.2) also was even with last Friday while 20/20 (1.3) slipped -.4 from last week when it featured the much talked about Leah Remini Scientology interview. ABC (1.4 in 18-49) won the night in 18-49.
Back at Fox, the season two premiere of World’s Funniest (0.8) was within expectations — down -.2 from its Friday series premiere and off by a tenth from its finale. Fox’s nightly average was solid enough for second place in the demo (1.1), tied with CBS whose lineup was relatively steady, Blue Bloods (1.2) up +0.1 from last week, Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) flat and The Amazing Race (1.1) down -0.1.
Elsewhere, NBC’s Undateable (0.7) was even, Truth Be Told (0.6) and Grimm (1.0) were both down a tenth while Dateline (1.0) was up +.2. The CW’s Reign (0.3) rose a tenth.