It was a big 41-10 win for the Washington Huskies over the Colorado Buffalos last night in the PAC-12 championship game and a solid and rare Friday demo win for the Fox thanks to that match-up.
With game itself getting a 1.7/7 between 9 and 11 PM in likely to change fast affiliates, the net scored a 1.5/6 rating among adults 18-49 with 5.43 million total viewers. With a mere 6% dip, that’s steady with the last time Fox broadcast the PAC-12 game on December 5, 2014, when the Oregon Ducks and the Arizona Wildcats faced off. Fox alternates with ESPN in showing the game.
While the PAC-12 game was the highest rated show of the night, the most watched show of the night was the I Love Lucy Christmas Special (0.9/4). Down 18% in the demo from its December 23 show of last year, when it was shown on a Wednesday, CBS’ lone new offering of the night, so to speak, pulled in an audience of 6.70 million. Overall the House of Moonves, which had Hawaii Five-O (0.6/3) and Blue Bloods (0.7/3) encores on too, snagged a total viewership of 6.26 million.
With its most watched Friday this season so far with 5.7 million viewers, ABC saw most of its night steady in the key demo. Last Man Standing (1.1/5), Dr. Ken (0.9/3) and Shark Tank (1.2/4) were all the same as their last originals of two weeks ago. When I say almost steady, the big exception was 20/20 (1.1/4), which jumped up 57% among the 18-49s from last week to match a season high. In fact, the news mag series had season highs in viewers (6.3 million) and the new demo Adults 25-54 (1.7/5).
The CW saw some upticks too with The Vampire Diaries (0.4/2) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.3/1) both rising a tenth from their last originals. Point of interest, if the early numbers for Crazy Ex it will be a season high for the now on Fridays show.
Over on NBC, Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon (0/7.3) was even with its last show of two weeks ago. Hitting season high, lead-out Dateline NBC (1.2/5) saw its best 18-49 result since January 29 with a 33% surge from last week.