ABC’s Shark Tank continues to excel on Friday. The reality program (2.0/7 in adults 18-49, 7 million viewers) posted series highs in both 18-49 and total viewers last night. In the demo, it was up 18% from its fast national last week, up 11% from the final. Shark Tank also boosted Primetime What Would You Do (1.6/5) to a season high, up 23% from its fast national last Friday, 14% from the final. 20/20 (1.4/5) was even with last week. ABC (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million) hit Friday season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. In the fast nationals it is running as No.1 in 18-49, but that is likely to change as Fox’s baseball coverage also posted a 1.7 in the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals and will likely go up in the finals. (The last two games were adjusted up .2)
Baseball and weak 8 PM lead-in (Hawaii Five-0 rerun, 0.8/3 vs. NCIS repeat last week, 1.2) hurt CBS’ CSI: NY (1.2/4, down 14%) and Blue Bloods (1.3/4, down 7%). CBS (1.1/4, 8.4 million) once again won the night in total viewers. Against baseball, NBC’s male-skewing Grimm (1.4/5) also was down, by 13% from last week. Dateline NBC (1.3/4) was flat.
On the CW, America’s Next Top Model (0.6/2) was up a tenth (20%) from the last original episode two weeks ago. It led to the season premiere of Nikita (0.3/1), which opened with a series low, plummeting 50% from last fall’s premiere in the Friday 8 PM slot. It was also down 25% from its season finale in May.
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