TV ratings: 'Blue Bloods' wins viewers, demo, 'Nikita' rising, 'Touch' craters

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blue-bloods-tom-selleck-no-regrets-2013-cbs.jpgCBS stalwart "Blue Bloods" was the highlight of a quiet night on the networks that saw FOX's "Touch" and ABC's "Malibu Country" post their lowest ratings to date, NBC's "Grimm" lose some ground from a solid premiere last week and the CW's "Nikita" continue to improve.

It's looking like the end of the road for "Touch" in particular, as the Kiefer Sutherland second year series hit new lows of 2.39 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in 18-49 -- that's despite facing rerun competition on both ABC and CBS.

Also in the timeslot, "Grimm" slipped slightly from last week's return after a long hiatus to a 1.4 in 18-49 and 4.88 million viewers, both representing season lows.

The CW's "Cult" was actually up a bit in the same timeslot -- to a still dismal 847,000 viewers -- but that may have been boosted by "Nikita's" performance as its lead-in. This week's 0.5 rating in 18-49 and 1.45 million viewers is a major improvement on the third year action series' season averages (0.35 in the demo, 1.16 million viewers).

Meanwhile, CBS needs to consider giving "Blue Bloods" a medal of honor. The third year series effortlessly topped the night despite being the network's only original hour.

CBS won the night with an average of 7.96 million viewers with a 5.1 rating/9 share in households. ABC followed with 5.75 million viewers and 3.7/6. NBC scored 3.6 million, 2.4/4. FOX had 2.7 million, 1.8/3, and The CW brought up the rear with 1.1 million viewers and 0.7/1.

ABC and CBS tied for the 18-49 demographic lead with a 1.4 rating, followed by NBC (1.0), FOX (0.8) and The CW (0.4).

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Undercover Boss" (rerun) (6.5 million viewers, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Last Man Standing" (6.4 million viewers, 4.1/8 households)/"Malibu Country" (5.5 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.06 million, 1.9/4)
NBC:
 "Fashion Star" (2.96 million, 2.2/4)
The CW: "Nikita" (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: (tie) "Last Man Standing" (1.3) / "Undercover Boss" (1.3)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Hawaii Five-0" (rerun) (6.37 million, 4.1/7)
ABC:
 "Shark Tank" (rerun) (5.6 million, 3.5/6)
NBC: "Grimm" (4.88 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: "Touch" (2.39 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: "Cult" (847,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Shark Tank" (1.6)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Blue Bloods" (11 million, 7.1/12)
ABC: "20/20" (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: "Rock Center with Brian Williams" (3 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: "Blue Bloods" (1.7)

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