Ratings: ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Fall High, ’20/20′ Up With Trump

Net Rules Night in 18-49; 'Dr. Ken' at 7-Week High in Total Viewers

It took a while for ABC’s “Shark Tank” to get going this fall, but the reality veteran has picked up steam of late and last night it matched a season high. It combined with an above-average “20/20” and solid results for “Last Man Standing” and “Dr. Ken” to keep the network comfortably atop the night’s demo leaderboard.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC opened its winning night with comedies “Last Man Standing” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “Dr. Ken” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), with the former down a tick and the latter steady week to week in the demo while rising to a seven-week high in total viewers with its Thanksgiving episode; both led their half-hours in 18-49. In Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, last week’s episode of “Last Man Standing” hit a season high.

Shark Tank” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) was up a tick from last week to match its season-high rating set in September, and won its hour over runner-up “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS by more than 50% in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.1) and by more than 40% in adults 25-54 (2.3 vs. 1.6). Capping the night for ABC, Barbara Walters’ sitdown with presidential candidate Donald Trump and his family produced winning numbers for “20/20” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall). This was the news program’s second highest ratings of the season, behind only its installment featuring Leah Remini a few weeks ago.

At CBS, which dominated in total viewers, bookends “The Amazing Race” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) and “Blue Bloods” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) were on the low side, while “Hawaii Five-0” was about average (1.1/4 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall). The Eye placed second on the night in 18-49 and 25-54.

Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) was down a smidge but close behind the ABC comedies for the 8 o’clock hour’s 18-49 lead. “World’s Funniest” held steady with a 0.7/3 in 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers overall.

NBC’s live comedy “Undateable” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), which switched to a repeat last week in light of the breaking news of terrorist attacks in Paris, was up a tick over its prior three episodes. It was followed by stable “Truth Be Told” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) and “Grimm” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and a season high for “Dateline” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall). Despite facing a strong “20/20,” the NBC newsmagazine shot up 50% (0.4) week to week to match its highest Friday 18-49 rating since March.

At CW, “Reign” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) edged down from its above-average 0.4 of last week, while “America’s Next Top Model” held steady (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

In late-night results for Friday, the top adults 18-49 ratings in Nielsen’s 25 markets with Local People Meters came from NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (1.1), ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with a repeat (0.7) and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.6). The Peacock’s 1:35 a.m. program, “Last Call with Carson Daly,” delivered the same LPM rating (0.4) as CBS’ 11:35 p.m. “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (0.4).

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