In the end it was a last minute dash of sorts that brought this season’s winners of The Amazing Race (1.0/4) to victory. Unfortunately for the long running CBS reality show last night was not a moment to savor in the winner’s circle ratingswise. Among adults 18-49, the end of Season 27 of TAR dipped 9% from its December 4 show and from the Spring 2015 Season 26 finale.
The real fall, however, came when you compare Friday night to the winter finale of 2014’s Season 25, which drew a 1.3/5 result. Last night’s show was down 23% from that December 19 2014 show to hit TAR’s lowest finale ever. If there is an adjustment in later results, which TAR sometimes sees, the Season 26 finale could regain its position as the lowest rated ender the show has ever had, but right now last night holds that dubious honor.
The most watched net of the night with 8.04 million tuning in, the rest of CBS’s Friday saw Hawaii Five-O (1.0/4) and Blue Bloods (1.1/4) slip 9% and stay even, respectively, with their last originals of November 20. The Tom Selleck led NYPD family drama was, as usual, the most watched show of the night with an audience of 9.87 million on Friday.
For Fox, it was a night of one big rise with MasterChef Junior (1.2/5) surf and turfing it up 20% in the demo from last week. After several flat weeks, World’s Funniest (0.7/3) rose a tenth after that MC Jr. heat. On the CW, it was the 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (0.3/1), which attracted 1.42 million total viewers looking for some warm holiday cheer.
Though down 13% from its December 4 airing, Shark Tank (1.4/5) was the top rated show of the night. The rest of ABC’s Friday saw Last Man Standing (1.3/5) match last week’s season high while freshman Dr. Ken (1.1/4) slipped 8% to a season low. ABC won the night in the 18-49s with a 1.1/4, just ahead of a swinging CBS’s 1.0/4. However that victory had to been tainted by the big decline of 20/20 (0.9/3), which fell a hard 25% from its December 4 show.
NBC started off pretty steady with comedies Undateable (0.7/3) and Truth Be Told (0.6/2) down just a tenth and even respectively, even though their numbers are limbo network low. The peacock’s party truly got started by Grimm (0.9/3). The fantasy procedural jumped up 13% from last week’s series low. NBC’s Friday came to a somewhat sleepy close with 10 PM’s Dateline (0.9/3), which was even with its December 4 show.