Fast National ratings for Friday, May 8, 2015.
Although “The Amazing Race” lost handily to “Shark Tank” in Friday's first hour, the two-hour season finale for “Hawaii Five-0” led CBS to its normal overall victory, while ABC ruled the key demo.
So… Business as usual.
The freshly renewed “Beyond the Tank” held up decently in its second week, the freshly canceled “Messengers” stayed low and two hours of “Dateline” put NBC in second for the night among young viewers.
Let's get to the numbers…
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.4 rating to win Friday night in the key demographic. NBC was second with a 1.1 key demo rating, followed closely by the 1.0 key demo rating for CBS. There was a drop to FOX's 0.4 key demo rating and to The CW's 0.3 key demo rating for Friday night.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 7.32 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/9 share to comfortably win Friday primetime. ABC was second with 5.73 million viewers and a 3.7/7, followed closely by NBC's 5.23 million viewers and 3.6/7. FOX averaged nearly 1.3 million viewers and a 0.9 /2, just ahead of The CW's 0.6/1 and 991,000 for Friday.
8 p.m. – “Shark Tank” won the 8 p.m. hour with 6.58 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, easily handling the 5.47 million viewers and 1.0 key demo rating for the penultimate episode of “The Amazing Race.” NBC's “Grimm” was third overall with 4.28 million viewers and tied for second with a 1.0 key demo rating. Way back, FOX's airing of “Scream” averaged 1.34 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating, compared to the 1.3 million viewers and 0.4 key demo rating for two episodes of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on The CW.
9 p.m. – The first of two “Hawaii Five-0” episodes averaged 8.37 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour, coming in second with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “Beyond the Tank” was second with 5.57 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating. NBC's “Dateline” was a close third with 5.28 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating. FOX's “Scream” averaged 1.25 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating to beat the 679,000 viewers and 0.2 key demo rating for “The Messengers” on The CW.
10 p.m. – “Hawaii Five-0” closed primetime with 8.12 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour, but finished third with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's “Dateline” averaged 6.12 million viewers to the 5.05 million for ABC's “20/20,” but both newsmagazines did a 1.2 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.