TV Ratings: ‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Blue Bloods’ lead Friday while ‘SNL 40’ boosts NBC

02.21.15 3 years ago


Fast National ratings for February 20, 2015.

As usual, ABC's “Shark Tank” and CBS' “Blue Bloods” led their networks to Friday wins among young viewers and overall, respectively.

It was a big night for both shows, as “Shark Tank” had its second biggest audience of the season and tied for a season high in the key demo, while “Blue Bloods” hit a season high among young viewers.

It wasn't all good news for the primetime winners, though, as “Cristela” dipped below The Mulaney Line and “Undercover Boss” shed viewers in its season closer.

Meanwhile, NBC's first encore of the “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary” special — expect many, many more encores before the real 40th anniversary in October — outperformed the network's normal Friday lineup and put NBC in second for the night in the key demo.

And it was yet another solid, lead-in-free performance from “Hart of Dixie” on The CW.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.6 rating for Friday night, tops in the key demographic. NBC's 1.5 key demo rating and the 1.4 key demo rating for CBS followed closely. FOX averaged a 0.7 key demo rating, while The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating for Friday.

Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 10.02 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/11 share to win Friday primetime. ABC was a distant second with 7.1 million viewers and a 4.3/8, followed by NBC's 5.08 million and 3.2/6. FOX's 2.23 million and 1.4/2 and The CW's 0.7/1 and 1.16 million viewers trailed.

8 p.m. The season finale of “Undercover Boss” averaged 7.94 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour for CBS, coming in second with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. ABC was second overall and third in the key demographic with “Last Man Standing” (6.54 million and a 1.3 key demo) and “Cristela” (5.08 million and a 0.9 key demo). NBC's “SNL” special finished third with 5.23 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating. “World's Funniest Fails” put FOX in fourth with 2.56 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating, topping the 1.25 million viewers and 0.4 key demo rating for The CW's “Hart of Dixie.”

9 p.m. – “Hawaii Five-0” kept CBS in first overall with 10.5 million viewers, but the network dropped to third in the 9 p.m. hour with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “Shark Tank” was second with 8.38 million viewers and dominated the night with a 2.2 key demo rating. The second hour of NBC's “SNL” special averaged 5.37 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating. FOX's “Glee” averaged 1.89 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating, ahead of the 1.06 million viewers and 0.4 key demo rating for a pair of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” repeats on The CW.

10 p.m. – “Blue Bloods” completed CBS' overall primetime sweep with 11.615 million viewers, finishing third for the 10 p.m. hour with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “20/20” was second with 7.12 million viewers, topping the 4.64 million viewers for NBC's “SNL” special, while both ABC and NBC averaged a 1.6 key demo rating.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.

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