For one of the traditionally quietest nights on TV, there was a lot going on Friday in primetime. For one, the Ramsayfication of Fox continued anew with the return of Kitchen Nightmares last night and that seems to have been a good place to be. Back for its sixth season, Gordon’s weekly attempt to save a failing establishment kicked off with a 2-hour debut that saw Ramsay return to Scottsdale, Arizona and Amy’s Baking Company, which he stalked out of last year, and then head to Denver to help a struggling pizza joint. In its first spring premiere, the 8 PM (1.2/5) KN was up 33% from the 0.9/3 rating among adults 18-49 that its 1-hour October 26, 2012 Season 5 debut drew in the same slot. The 9 PM (1.1/4) airing last night saw a 22% rise over the last season opener. Time slot to slot, the restaurant makeover series was even last night with its last season finale on May 10, 2013.
Wrapping up its second season with no official word on a renewal or cancellation yet, The Neighbors (0.8/3) was down 11% from last week. That result is also down a hard 46% from the 1.5/5 that the Dan Fogelman-created sci-fi sitcom had for its Season 1 finale on Wednesday March 27, 2013. Additionally, last night’s season ender took a 33% dive from the 1.2/4 that Neighbors had for its Season 2 premiere on September 20 last year. ABC other comedy of the night Last Man Standing (1.1/5) was down three tenths from last week while news mag 20/20 (1.4/5) slipped a tenth at 10 PM.
In the second night of a 2-parter that started Thursday, Shark Tank (1.6/6) dipped 5% at 9 PM from the 1.7/5 it pulled in on April 10 but took a hard tumble of 20% from last week’s 2.0/6 result. The highest rated show of the night despite the added competition from Kitchen Nightmares and a 4% drop in overall TV usage on Friday from the week before, the entrepreneurial reality series often sees a rise of at least tenth in final numbers, expect some adjust here later. Overall, with a 1.3/5 rating ABC tied with CBS (1.3/4) for the night’s top spot among adults 18-49 with the latter network winning in total viewers with 9.24 million watching
On CBS, week 2 of the return of Unforgettable (1.0/4) saw the procedural go up 11% over its April 4 show. Lead-out Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/4) was down a tenth while Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was even with last week. The family cop series was the second highest rated show of the night by a hair but easily the most watched show of the night with an audience of 10.97 million.
Marking the near 1-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, NBC aired a special Brian Williams-hosted 108 Hours: Inside The Hunt For The Boston Marathon Bombers (0.7/8) last night at 8 PM where Dateline usually is slotted. The special was down 36% from the news mag’s April 3 result. That decline in a lead-in probably was part of the cause of Grimm’s (1.2/4) 14% fall from last week. Hannibal (0.8/3), on the other though often bloody hand, was even with its April 4 airing
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