Coming off the quiet night of Halloween last Friday and with a slightly less competitive primetime, last night saw a number of steady shows move on up a bit among the adult 18-49 demographic. None more so than CBS’ Blue Bloods (1.4/5). Usually the most watched show on Friday night, the Tom Selleck-led cop family drama jumped up 27% among the demo from its October 31 airing. That’s a Season 5 high for the show among the demo.
Overall, for the third night in a row this week, ABC won primetime among the demo. The network got a 1.6/6 rating while CBS, who were second place among the demo, came out tops among viewers with 8.81 million.
Now yes, Blue Bloods did come second in its 10 PM slot to ABC’s 20/20 (1.7/6), which was up 21% to a season high. However, BB was the top rated scripted show of the night and, as usual, the most watched with 11.41 million watching. In its third week, NBC’s Constantine (1.0/3) had good news and not so good news ratingswise. The WBTV show based on the classic Hellblazer comic series was up 11% among the demo after a hard fall in its second week from an OK debut on October 24. Having said that, Constantine was once again at the bottom of the Big 4 ratings scale last night. The 1-hour show was tied with the flat result of ABC’s freshman comedy Cristela (1.0/4) for last place.
While down 5% from last week, the top rated series of the night overall was ABC’s Shark Tank (1.9/7). Being that the entrepreneurial reality series often sees a rise in final numbers, ST could end up matching or even beating the season high of its October 31 show. Shark Tank was the fourth most watched show of the night with 7.76 million viewers. The second most watched show on Friday was ST’s time slot rival Hawaii Five-O (1.2/4), with 8.91 million tuning in. Unlike ST, Five-O was up in the demo to the tune of 9%. That’s only half as well as NBC’s contribution to the 9 PM slot Grimm (1.3/4) did. The fantasy procedural rose 18% from last week’s scathing series low. Filling out the slot among originals, The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (o.4/1) rose a tenth from its show last week.
With the cancellation of Utopia earlier this week, Fox was all encores with MasterChef (0.6/2) at 8 PM and the regular Gotham (0.4/1) repeat at 9 PM. The former, it is worth noting, did 19% better than what turned out to be the season finale of the ambitious TV social experiment that went downhill fast. Sharing the 8 PM slot with MasterChef was Dateline (1.4/5), Last Man Standing (1.3/5), The Amazing Race (1.2/3) and The CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.5/2). The first and the second were up 8% from last week, the third was up 9% and the latter surged 24%.