There were no Hollywood Film Awards or other disruptions to the Big 4 primetime schedule last night. Which meant everything clocked back into its regular Friday pattern with ABC (1.6/5) winning the night among adults 18-49 while CBS took the viewership top spot (9.19 million) on the final Friday of the November sweep.
The surprise of the night was actually over on NBC with sometimes flailing freshman Constantine (1.1/4). After taking a big dive last week on a night of ostensibly less competition the demon detective series based on the classic Hellblazer DC Comic series jumped up an undeniably impressive 38% among the key demo. Maybe it was because the show is starting to resemble the comic more, but only was that the best Constantine has done demowise since the 1.4 of its October 24 debut but, with 3.5 million watching, it is the best the series has done viewership since then too.
Having said that, Constantine did not win its 10 PM time slot. Once again the show was third after Blue Bloods (1.3/4) and 20/20 (1.6/5). The CBS police procedural was even with its last original of November 7 while the ABC news mag was up almost as much as its NBC rival with a 33% rise in the key demo. Blue Bloods was, as almost always, the most watched show of the night with 11.50 million tuning in.
Overall CBS was second place among the demo with an overall rating of 1.3/4 and hence doing way better than last week’s dismal debut airing of the Hollywood Film Awards, which garnered CBS a nightly 0.5/2 rating and a fifth place tie with The CW. Like Blue Bloods, the rest of the network’s line-up was pretty much the same as two weeks before. The 8 PM The Amazing Race (1.2/4) matched its last original with 9 PM Hawaii Five-O (1.3/5) with an 8% bop up from its November 7 show.
After a season high last week, ABC comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and newbie Cristela (1.0/4) were down 13% and 9% respectively. But the night got better after that. With GoPro founder Nick Woodman joining as a guest Shark and a plan to revolutionize firewood for the winter months looking for investors, Shark Tank (2.0/7) was up 11% from last week. And of course, you know how well 20/20 did.
At 9 PM, NBC’s Grimm (1.3/4) did not see the leap of it lead-out Constantine but the dark series was also up a bit – with an 8% rise over last week. That’s ties Grimm for the best the show has done in the demo since its October 24 season premiere. Grimm actually hit a season high last night in viewers with 5.4 million watching. Part of that likely came from the 7.7 million who were watching lead-in Dateline (1.5/5), which was even with last week.
The CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.5/2) at 8 PM and America’s Next Top Model (0.4/1) at 9 PM were the same as last week’s results. Fox was all repeats with MasterChef Junior (0.8/3) and Gotham (0.4/2).