Well, something was really cookin’ last night over on the Gordon Ramsay hosted kids culinary show. In an almost full night of originals on the Big 4 and the CW, a double serving of MasterChef Junior not only hit Season 4 highs for the series but also topped the night among the 18-49s and delivered a rare Friday victory to Fox.
Up 37% from its last original of December 18, the 8 PM MasterChef Junior drew a 1.5/5 rating. That’s the best the show has done this season and beats its November 6 debut by 15% in the key demo. A 9 PM MasterChef Junior last night took home a 1.4/5 rating – which also won its time slot and matched the Fox show with the 10 PM Season 6 winter return of Blue Bloods for the second highest rated show of the night.
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With 10.75 million viewers, the CBS cop family drama was the most watched show of the night, as usual. Up 27% from its last original of December 11, Blue Bloods also hit a key demo season high with what is in fact its best result in the 18-49 since March 13 last year. Compared to its Season 5 winter return of January 2 last year, last night’s Blue Bloods was even. Hawaii Five-O (1.3/5) also hit a season high last night and the 8 PM Undercover Boss (1.2/4) dropped 25% from its last original of January 3, a Sunday.
Comparisons to previous winter returns, as one tends to do around this time of year for most shows, are not really on the menu for MasterChef Junior as Season 3 of the show actually debuted on January 6, 2015. That 8 PM show got a 1.8/6 on a crowded Tuesday against NCIS and the premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC. Overall Fox scored a rare Friday victory in the demo with a 1.4/5 while 18-49 runner up CBS (1.3/5) took the viewership top spot with 8.99 million.
Otherwise the rest of the night saw ABC comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and Dr. Ken (1.1/4) even with their last originals and Shark Tank (1.3/4) up 8% from its last original outing on January 5, a Tuesday, but below its Friday average. Ending the night for ABC, 20/20 (0.9/3) was down 18% from last week. Over on the CW, the 8 PM Reign (0.3/1) was back even with its last new show. NBC’s live Undateable (0.8/3) was back up 14% in the demo from its last original of December and hit a season viewership high with an audience of 3.2 million. NBC’s other new show of the night was Dateline (1.2/4), which was up 20% over its New Year’s Day show.
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