The final Friday of the November sweep was a night of return and remembrance. The return was with the fourth and final season premiere of The CW’s Nikita (0.2/1). Back for just six final episodes, the spy drama fell a hard 33% among adults 18-49 from its October 19th Season 3 debut last year. That’s a premiere low for Nikita. Added to that was the fact that last night’s result also cratered 60% from the season finale of America’s Next Top Model in the same slot last week. In terms of overall viewers, Nikita was also down sharply from 947,000 watching last year’s season debut to 732,000 watching last night. A modest but steady Friday night performer for the CW over its run so far, Nikita has done well in DVR viewing so expect so uptick there as Live+3 and Live+7 results trickle in. Nikita’s lead-in, The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1), was even with last week.
In terms of remembrance, NBC commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy with Where Were You: The Day JFK Died (1.1/5) at 9 PM hosted by Tom Brokaw. The two-hour special featured the likes of Steven Spielberg and Dan Rather (who CBS didn’t include in any of their assignation anniversary coverage) about their memories of that tragic day in Dallas. Watched by 5.4 million viewers last night, Where Were You drew in NBC’s best audience for the time slot since September 27 when Dateline got 6.5 million. Speaking of Dateline (1.1/4), the news mag preceded the Kennedy tribute and was even with its November 15 performance.
Overall the night was a tie between ABC and CBS for the top spot among the key demo with both nets pulling in a 1.5/5 rating. It wasn’t anywhere near a tie in viewership. Propelled by the two most watched shows of the night in the 11.70 million who watched Blue Bloods (1.5/5) and the 9.76 million who watched Hawaii Five-O (1.5/5), CBS’ 9.44 million was well ahead of second place ABC’s 6.17 million. Blue Bloods actually saw rise of a tenth over last week in the demo while Five-O was down the same from its November 15 show. On at 8 PM, a clip show episode of CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.4/5) slide three tenths from last week.
On ABC, Shark Tank (1.8/6) was the highest rated show of the night for the 10th week in a row. The entrepreneurial reality show bopped up 6% from last week. Starting the night for the network, comedies Last Man Standing (1.2/4) and The Neighbors (0.9/2) were steady and up 13% in the demo respectively. Ending the night for ABC, 20/20 (1.6/5) was up three tenths over its November 15 show to match a season high among adults 18-49.
The second week of the new night and new time slot for Bones (1.5/5) saw the series jump 25% from last week’s weak Friday debut. It also saw the forensic crime drama meet the rating result of the November 8 season finale of Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef Jr. Week 2 of Season 4 of Raising Hope (0.9/3) was also up over last week though with less gusto. The comedy rose 13% in its 9 PM slot and 14% in its 9:30 slot over its November 15 season debut. Overall, Fox saw a 10% rise on Friday in the key demo compared to the night’s average this season so far.
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