Coming back after last Friday’s repeats, the end of the week brought strong numbers for CBS last night. Undercover Boss (1.9/6) was even with its last original two weeks ago but the reality show had its biggest viewership of the season with a new high of 9.86 million. CSI:NY (1.5/5) was down a tenth from its last new show on January 18. At 10 PM, Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was even with its last original of January 18 but the family police drama was the most watched show of the night with an audience of 11.40 million. That’s a dip from the 11.5 million who watched two weeks ago, the largest viewership of the season for the show. CBS won the night in total viewership and among Adults 18-49 but ABC was just a nudge behind in the key demo.
ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and Malibu Country (1.1/4) started the network’s Friday. The former was even with its last new show two weeks ago while the latter dipped a tenth. Back with a new show after three weeks at 9 PM, Shark Tank (1.9/6) was up four tenths from its last airing. The would-be entrepreneur series also took its time slot among the 18-49s. With 5.08 million watching, 20/20 (1.5/5) was up from the 1.4 it got last week among Adults 18-49.
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On NBC, The 44th NAACP Image Awards (0.8/3) sprinkled some of of the awards season on TV last night with top prizes given out to Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Flight’s Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx. The live 8-10 PM show was even with last year’s broadcast in the ratings but actually rose 3% in viewership to 3.047 million – that’s a four-year high. Of course, being live the ratings for the NAACP Awards are approximate and it is likely that there could be a significant shift in the final numbers. Following the NAACP Awards, a new Dateline (1.1/3) was down a tenth from last week’s show. After a lack of competition last Friday, Fox’s Kitchen Nightmare (1.0/3) took a hit last night. The second week in the slot, the Gordon Ramsay hosted reality show was deflated 29% from its January 25th show. That was followed by an encore of The Following (0.7/2), which was down 36% from the repeat of the new series that ran last week. On The CW, and now facing a night of originals, Nikita (0.4/1) slipped from the 0.5/2 of last week’s season high.
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