Donald Trump Pushes ’20/20′ Ratings Up, ‘MasterChef Jr.’ & ‘Blue Bloods’ Slip

The first night in this brave new world since Fox announced it would no longer be using Live + Same Day ratings saw pretty much a lot of the same – sort of. With a rising Shark Tank (1.7/6) once again the Number #1 show of the night and Donald Trump on a double digit upward moving 20/20 (1.4/5), ABC topped Friday among adults 18-49 for the ninth consecutive time this season with a 1.4/5 rating. With Blue Bloods (1.1/4), which was dipped 8% in the demo from its November 13 airing, still the most watched show of the night (11 million), CBS was once again the most watched network with 8.72 million.

However, there was some change in the air with the reality entrepreneurial series up 6% to match a Season 7 high in the key demo after two flat weeks. Maybe it was the return of toy company Mensch On A Bench or the fact that cable new networks weren’t in full coverage mode like for last week’s tragic Paris attacks but Shark Tank also saw a 13% rise in viewership to a season high 6.9 million. It should be noted that Blue Bloods actually saw an addition to its massive audience also with a 6% rise from last week.

Dropping fast national ratings wasn’t the only change on Fox on Friday as MasterChef Junior (1.1/4) slipped 8% in the demo in the third week of its fourth season. Actually, that was change and not change, as this weekend matched the drop the Gordon Ramsey series had last week. To that end, World’s Funniest (0.7/3) was even with last week, which was even with the week before’s Season 2 debut.

ABC’s night started with Last Man Standing (1.2/5) down 8% from last week’s Season 5 18-49 high. Lead-out Dr. Ken (1.2/5) was even with it November 12 show. A Barbara Walters sitdown with Presidential candidate Trump and family gave 20/20 a 16% rise over last week to its second best demo rating of the season so far. Fellow news mag show Dateline (1.2/4) saw even better results for NBC with a 50% leap over its Paris coverage of November 13 to hit a season high.

After playing a repeat last week due to the Paris attacks, Undateable (0.8/3) was back with a live show last night and a rise of a tenth from its last original of two weeks ago. While that was a 5-week high for Undateable, both Truth Be Told (0.6/2), the lowest rated show on the Big 4 last night, and Grimm (0.9/3) were even with their November 12 shows as was Hawaii Five-O (1.1/4) on CBS. Five-O lead-in The Amazing Race (1.0/4) slipped 9% from last week.

On The CW, Reign (0.3/1) and America’s Next Top Model (0.3/1) were down 25% from last week’s high and even respectively.

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