When Fox moved newbie Enlisted on Friday nights in January, the show saw a big jump upwards. The same could not be said for fellow freshman Rake (0.5/2) last night on its move to Fridays. The debut of the Greg Kinnear–starring drama in its new slot last night saw the faltering show hit a new low – down 37% from its last original on Thursday March 6. How much longer Rake will last now is really a matter of how low Fox is willing to let the show go. With a falling Rake as its lead-in instead of a Bones repeat, Enlisted (0.6/2) took a hit last night. The comedy was down 14% from its March 7 show. At least Raising Hope escaped unscathed. That comedy was even with last week’s 0.5/2 rating.
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The winner of the night among adults 18-49 was once again ABC with a 1.6/6 rating. CBS came second (1.4/5) like last week in the demo but were tops, like last week, in total viewers with 9.72 million watching.
While down two tenths from its March 7 show, Shark Tank (1.9/7) was tied with ABC’s own 20/20 (1.9/6) for the top rated show of the night. The entrepreneurial reality series was the third most watched show of Friday’s primetime (7.42 million) after CBS’ Blue Bloods (12.02 million) and Hawaii Five-O (10.06 million). Kicking off the night at 8PM, a repeat of Last Man Standing (0.8/3) took a 38% fall from the week before in a now more cramped time slot. Lead-out The Neighbors (0.9/3) was even with last week’s original while 20/20 at 10PM went up 6%. That small but significant rise leaves the news mag show equal with its best result in the key demo since March 30, 2012.
Also up last night was NBC’s Hannibal (0.9/3). The third week of the second season of the often grisly drama saw a rise of 13% over last week among adults 18-49 and a 4% lift in total viewers (2.6 million). While 8 PM’s Dateline (1.2/5) was down 20% from its March 7 show, 9 PM’s Grimm got a 7% lift from last week. Even though it’s small, that’s the second week in a row since its return from a month long winter break on February 28 that the procedural fantasy drama has seen a rise.
CBS had college basketball preemptions in about 4.3% of the county, so there may be greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers last on. Having said that, it was the Season 5 finale of Undercover Boss (1.3/5) last night and the results were kind of mixed. While basically steady with last week’s show, with a 7% dip, the CBS’ workplace reality show shot up a very strong 30% from its Season 4 ender on May 18 last year. Lead-out Hawaii Five-0 was even with its March 7 show, which was even with the week before that, while Blue Bloods stayed steady with a 7% rise from last week.
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