Things we know – the Olympics are long done, the Oscars have come and gone and awards season is over (for now) and ABC dominates Fridays. However, even though the network won the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.6/6 rating, ABC still stumbled a bit compared to last week – both down from its season demo high and with individual shows. With pitches for bicycle lighting and one for the baby knee pads Shark Tank (2.0/7) easily led the night as the highest rated show. With a 5% dip from its February 28 show, the entrepreneurial reality series basically stayed steady with last week. Though with 7.49 million watching it was down from its second best viewership result ever of 7.7 million from last week. Among the rest of ABC’s night, the only show to stay total even with last week was 20/20 (1.8/6) Comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and The Neighbors (0.9/3) were up 8% and down 10% respectively from their February 28 shows.
Those were drops that Hannibal might have liked to have taken a bite out of. Instead, the NBC drama lost a big chunk of its audience with a 27% drop from last week’s Season 2 premiere. Now, granted Hannibal is now on Fridays not Thursdays but it had lead-ins Dateline (1.5/5) and Grimm (1.5/5), in its second week back from winter break, both up 20% and 7% respectively.
Fox had a mixed bag of a night. After a Bones repeat, its Friday originals Enlisted (0.7/2) and Raising Hope (0.5/2) both saw a 17% change from last week. The freshman former was up by that amount with the latter was down by it.
Not much of a change at all on CBS in the second week of return for its Friday shows from their hiatus. Second for the night in the demo (1.4/5) and first in viewers (9.86 million), the network saw both Hawaii Five-0 (1.4/5) and Blue Bloods (1.4/5) even with their February 28 shows. Blue Bloods, as is so often the case on Fridays, was the most watched show overall of the night with 11.87 million viewers to see Tom Selleck and his TV NYC cop family. Starting the night for CBS, Undercover Boss (1.4/5) bopped up 8% from last week.
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