On a Friday night ruled by repeats, news magazine shows and nothing at all if you have Time Warner Cable and wanted to watch CBS in LA, NYC, Dallas and several other markets, there still was a bit of glam to be found on TV thanks to the CW. Returning for its 20th season, America’s Next Top Model (0.6/2) was back last night. Not only is this year the Tyra Banks-lead show’s 10th anniversary but it was also the first time the show has had more than 14 contestants and the first time male models have competed as well. And that must have held some attraction because AMTM: Guys & Girls was up. Last night’s two-hour premiere rocketed up 50% among adults 18-49 from the show’s August 24, 2012 debut. While it cut contestants from 35 to 16 in the first show, ANTM was also up the same percentage among the 18-34 demo as well for the show’s best results since its Season 17 debut in September 2011. In terms of total viewership, last night’s premiere pulled in 1.57 million. That’s also up compared to the 1.1 million who watched Season 19’s debut last year.
On the Big 4 it was a mix and match with ABC and NBC running some originals and CBS and Fox all repeats. With originals of Would You Fall For That? (0.9/3) and 20/20 (1.1/4), ABC won the night among Adults 18-49 with a 1.1/4. WYFFT was up a tenth from last week while 20/20 rose three tenths. NBC, who aired a two-hour Dateline (1.0/3), was tops in terms of total viewers with 4.5 million watching. Though down a tenth from its July 27th show in the demo, Dateline was the most watched show of Friday’s primetime with 5.28 million viewers and an 8 PM Shark Tank (1.2/5) encore was the highest rated show of the night.
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