On a night when many eyes were on the tragic events that continued to unfold in Paris, primetime stayed pretty steady on Friday. As usual, the top show of the night among adults 18-49 was Shark Tank (1.6/6), which was even with its November 6 5-week high result. Also as usual, the most watched show of Friday night was Blue Bloods (1.2/4) with an audience of 10.30 million.
The CBS Tom Selleck-led NYPD family drama dipped 8% in the key demo from last week and 6% in total viewership. Worth noting that Blue Bloods is even right now with its November 6 fast nationals that rose to a 1.3 in later numbers so we could see a repeat performance this week. Otherwise, the rest of the net’s night saw The Amazing Race (1.2/5) and Hawaii Five-O (1.1/4) matching last week’s results.
CBS was Number #1 in overall viewership for Friday with 8.16 million but the top demo spot went to ABC (1.4/5) for the eighth week in a row. Winning its 8 PM slot, the dependable Last Man Standing (1.3/5) saw an 8% bop up to match its Season 5 high among adults 18-49. The Tim Allen-led comedy also saw a 10% viewership uptick to 7.47 million to hit a season high in that category. Fellow comedy and freshman Dr. Ken (1.2/4) was even with last week.
Sharing the 10 PM slot with Blue Bloods, 20/20 (1.2/4) and Dateline (0.8/3) both turned their shows into coverage of the Paris attacks. With viewers having gotten several hours of such news from cable news and elsewhere, the news mags both were down demowise from last week. The ABC show slipped 8% while the NBC offering fell 20%.
The second week of Season 4 of MasterChef Junior (1.2/4) and Season 2 of World’s Funniest (0.8/3) saw the Fox offerings down 8% and even respectively in the 18-49 categories. For The CW’s Reign (0.4/1), it was a better night. The historical fantasy series jumped 33% in the demo to hit a Season 3 high, both among the 18-49s and in viewers with 1.08 million watching. Now ending lead-out America’s Next Top Model (0.3/1) was the same as its November 6 show.
NBC’s Undateable (0.6/2) pulled the plug on its scheduled live broadcast last night because of the situation in France. A repeat of the comedy aired in its place, down 14% from last week’s original. Following that a new Truth Be Told (0.6/2) matched last week’s show and 9 PM’s Grimm (0.9/3) stumbled 10% – that’s a Season 5 low for the fantasy procedural.