Four full weeks into the fall season, there were no premieres on primetime on Friday – though that’ll change when Constantine hits NBC next week. What there was last night was more of the same, a number of shows remaining steady and ABC winning the adults 18-49 demo for the fourth week in a row with a 1.4/5 rating. CBS was once again No. #1 in viewers with 8.72 million watching.
The exception to the “shows remain the same” mantra was The Amazing Race (1.4/6). The veteran CBS competitive couple reality series raced ahead a whopping 27% from last week. That surge led it to hit a Season 25 demo high four shows in. Moving up from 5.89 million viewers on October 10 to 6.61 million last night, Amazing Race also had its biggest audience of the season so far.
Then again, it was ABC that won the ratings race last night and part of ABC’s win came from strong showings from its comedies. At 8 PM, Last Man Standing (1.3/4) was up 9% from last week to emerge as the top scripted show of the night. Sure, it didn’t top LSM as it did during its debut on October 10, but newbie Cristela (1.2/4) saw a slip of just 7% from its opener. In total viewers, the sitcom dipped from the strong 6.51 million of its premiere to a solid 6.0 million.
While Shark Tank (1.9/6) took a stumble of 5% from its October 10 broadcast the entrepreneurial reality series easily bested its time slot again. It was also the highest rated show overall for the night. With that in mind, its direct 9 PM rival, CBS’ Hawaii Five-O (1.2/4), was even with last week – so no gain but no loss there. Ending the reasonably steady night for ABC, 20/20 (1.1./4) dipped 8% from last week.
Things got rough on Blue Bloods last night with charges of police brutality being hung on the NYPD and the Reagan clan. That was narrative-rough; ratings-wise the 10 PM procedural drama was even with last week among the 18-49s and once again the most watched show of the night with 10.42 million tuning in. That’s 6% down from last week’s viewership.
NBC, Fox and the CW only had one original each on last night.
For the Peacock it was Dateline (1.2/4) from 9 PM – 11 PM. The news mag show saw a rise of 9% from its October 10 broadcast. On Fox, Week 6 of Utopia (0.7/3) saw a wedding, a break-up and the return of a former Pioneer on the reality show’s 50th day. Now solely on Fridays for several weeks, the 8 PM series was even with last week’s show. The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (0.3/1) did not have such a good showing. The competition series fell 25% from last week among the demo.