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‘Shark Tank’ Hot, ‘Fashion Star’ Not on Friday

But 'Grimm' solid in return for NBC; ABC wins the night in demos

After a nearly four-month break, “Grimm” returned to NBC’s Friday schedule with a solid performance, but the season premiere of “Fashion Star” kicking off the night for the net generated little excitement. ABC led in key demos with its best average since November, with “Shark Tank” ruling as Friday’s top draw among young adults.

Also of note, though not as significant because of the show’s scheduled shift to a new night, CBS rookie drama “Golden Boy” looked more bronze in the hour between “Undercover Boss” and “CSI: NY.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Fashion Star” averaged a 0.8 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, ranking fourth among the Big Four. The show had previously been a modest performer when it aired last spring on Tuesdays.

Faring better at 9 p.m. was “Grimm” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which was in line with its fall finale in mid-Novermber and its midseason return of last season in January, finishing second in all key demos in the 9 o’clock hour. But then the net took a step backward at 10 p.m. with newsmag “Rock Center” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), down a tick from last week when it had “Dateline” as its lead-in.

At ABC, “Last Man Standing” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) and “Malibu Country” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) continue to put up solid numbers in the opening hour, tying with CBS’ “Undercover Boss” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) for the 18-49 lead among the Big Four. “Shark Tank” followed at 9 (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), up a bit from last week to match its best 18-49 score since November. ABC held onto the 18-49 lead at 10 p.m. with “20/20” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall).

CBS followed “Undercover Boss” with the first, and as it turns out, final Friday outing of new cop drama “Golden Boy” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall). The show, which had two preview airings on Tuesday and was scheduled to begin airing regularly on Fridays starting this week, instead will now remain on Tuesdays; previous Tuesday 10 p.m. slot occupant “Vegas” will now air on Fridays starting April 5.

Closing out Friday night for CBS was “Blue Bloods” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which ran second among the Big Four in 18-49 and first in 25-54 (2.2/6, tied with “20/20”) and total viewers.

At Fox, “Kitchen Nightmares” held steady (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), while “Touch” edged down (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall).

And at CW, “Nikita” was up from last week, but it was slow going for “Cult” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall), which was making its debut on the night after shifting over from Tuesday.

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