Moving into the Christmas holiday season, it was a bit of an unusual Friday in primetime with championship college football on Fox and the new A Very Grammy Christmas (0.8/3) on CBS – even with the latter dark for DISH Network subscribers well into the AM as the network and the satellite company stalled on a new carriage deal for a while.
While live sports numbers are always susceptible to change in the final numbers, last night’s Pac-12 Championship 51-13 blowout game between the winning Oregon Ducks and the Arizona Wildcats certainly seems a solid win for Fox. With a 1.8/6 rating, not only was this year’s game up a very strong 63% from the fast nationals of the last time the network broadcasted the college football march-up on November 30, 2012 (it alternates with ESPN) but it easily captured the night for Fox with a 1.6/5 rating overall among adults 18-49.
Over on the CW, it was all America’s Next Top Model last night. With a 0.4/1, the 8 PM broadcast was even with the Tyra Banks show’s last original. Also with a 0.4/1, the 9 PM cycle 21 finale, which saw a male winner for the very first time, was down 19% from the cycle 20 finale on November 15 last year.
While not as limp as the first televised Hollywood Film Awards were for CBS back on the Friday of November 15, the 1-hour inaugural holiday Grammy special and partial nominations announcement was last among the Big 4 in its 9 PM time slot. The weak showing for the LL Cool J hosted special, that had performances by Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and Tim McGraw among others, came off a rise for The Amazing Race (1.2/4) from last week. The reality show was up 19% over its November 28 broadcast. CBS ended the night with a Blue Bloods (0.8/3) repeat that ended up being the second most watched show of the night with 6.61 million tuning in.
With an audience of 7.10 million, the most watched show of the night was Shark Tank (1.8/6), which was also tied in fast nationals with the Pac-12 game for the highest rated broadcast in Friday’s primetime. With just a 9% dip, the entrepreneurial reality show was steady with its last original two weeks ago. Overall ABC was the most watched network of the night with 6.35 million to second place CBS’s 5.80 million. For the rest of ABC’s Friday line-up, Last Man Standing (1.2/5), freshman Cristela (0.9/3) and 20/20 (1.4/5) were down 7%, 9% and 12% respectively from their last originals. For the often struggling Cristela, last night’s fast national result is a series low.
And a low was what NBC’s Constantine (0.8/3) hit also in preliminary results and what Grimm (1.1/4) tied. Neither was helped on a competitive night by the soft showing of new special How Murray Saved Christmas (0.9/3) that started the Peacock’s night. Coming out of that, Grimm was slipped 8% from its November 28 show. Its freshman lead-out, based on the classic DC Comics character, stumbled 12% from last week.