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.
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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.
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