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Kids Cook for Fox, But CBS Wins Opening Friday of Season

'Junior MasterChef' beats 'Undercover Boss' in 18-49; 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead overall

ABC’s “Shark Tank” remained the night’s top show among young adults and Fox’s “Junior MasterChef” opened to good numbers, but it was CBS that came away a winner in key demos on the opening Friday of the television season.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with “Undercover Boss” (1.5 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was down from last year but placed first for its hour in adults 25-54 and total viewers. And from 9 to 11 p.m., CBS showed year-over-year growth with the season premieres of drama vets “Hawaii Five-0” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) and “Blue Bloods” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall).

“Hawaii” was up nicely over last year’s unsuccessful “Made in Jersey” (1.1 in the demo for its premiere) and seemed to boost “Blue Bloods” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), which rose 13% in 18-49 from last year, won its hour in key demos and was the night’s only program to top 10 million viewers.

CBS won the night in 18-49 and 25-54 while dominating in total viewers.

Elsewhere, Fox has to be happy with the series premiere of “Junior MasterChef” (pictured), which did a 1.6/6 in 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall at 8 o’clock — edging out “Undercover Boss” in 18-49 and outperforming the net’s fall premiere of a year ago in the timeslot (“Kitchen Nightmares” in late October) by about 75%. “MasterChef” was also Friday’s No. 1 program on the Big Four in adults 18-34 (1.4/6).

ABC’s comedies “Last Man Standing” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and “The Neighbors” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) were down from their bows of the previous week, placing behind Fox and CBS in the hour among young adults. The net picked up from there as usual with “Shark Tank” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), which was up slightly from its week-ago premiere and the comparable night a year ago and stood as Friday’s No. 1 draw in both 18-49 and 25-54 (2.6/7).

NBC, whose dramas “Grimm” and “Dracula” won’t bow for four more weeks, went with a repeat of Thursday’s back-to-back original episodes of “The Michael J. Fox Show” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which fared well relative to the original half-hours on ABC in the hour. And from 9 to 11 p.m., “Dateline” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) matched last year’s premiere and beat ABC’s competing newsmag “20/20” head-to-head at 10.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.4/5; Fox, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.1/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.6 million; NBC, 5.7 million; ABC, 5.4 million; Fox, 3.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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