TV ratings: 'Blue Bloods' dips, but still wins; 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' shows strength

blue-bloods-friday-ratings-cbs.jpgFast national ratings for Friday, December 20, 2014

While most networks were in full holiday rerun mode or airing holiday special, CBS' new episodes of "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods," along with the special colorized version of the "I Love Lucy" Christmas special helped the network take Friday night.  "Lucy" showed particular strength, up about a million eyeballs from the usual 8 p.m. timeslot occupant, "Undercover Boss," last week.

CBS pulled in an average of 9.4 million viewers and a 5.9 rating /10 household share to win the night. NBC eked out second place with 5.4 million and a 3.4/6, while ABC was right behind with 5.3 million and a 3.5/6. FOX came in fourth with 2.6 million and a 1.6/3, while The CW came in last with a mere 808,000 and a 0.5/1.

CBS may have won the night in total viewers, but it tied ABC in the adults 18-49 demo with a 1.2. NBC came in third with a 1.1, while FOX scraped by with a 0.7 and The CW eked out a 0.3

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (8.6 million viewers, 5.3/10 households)
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (5 million, 3.3/6)
NBC: "It's A Wonderful Life" 4.9 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (3.4 million, 2.2/4)
The CW: "The Carrie Diaries" (874,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "I Love Lucy" (1.4)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Hawaii Five-0" (9.3 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: "It's A Wonderful Life" (5.5 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (5.4 million, 3.6/6)
FOX: "Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" (1.9 million, 1.1/2)
The CW: "Nikita" (741,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Shark Tank" (1.3)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Blue Bloods" (10.1 million, 6.5/11)
NBC: "It's A Wonderful Life" (5.6 million, 3.6/6)
ABC: "20/20" (5.5 million, 3.8/7)

18-49 leader: "20/20" and "It's a Wonderful Life" tied at 1.2

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Photo/Video credit: CBS