TV Ratings: 'Last Man Standing' and 'Malibu Country' debut high for ABC
CBS won Friday night as usual this week, but it's ABC that's really celebrating after successful debuts of its sophomore comedy "Last Man Standing" -- up significantly from its first season finale -- and Reba McEntire's "Malibu Country," which delivered the network its highest ratings in that timeslot in 5 years. Meanwhile, their "Shark Tank" also hit a high in its timeslot.
Also of note -- after hitting a series low last week, "Nikita" is back on track. Sources tell Zap2it that The CW is content with the show's performance, particularly with legal downloads and streaming, and the show isn't in any immediate danger of getting axed.
Per usual, CBS won the night overall with an average of 9.6 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/11 share in households. ABC came in second with an average of 7.0 million viewers (4.5/8), with NBC at 5.2 million, 3.4/6. FOX was fourth with 2.7 million viewers (1.7/3), and The CW came in last place with an average of 1.2 million viewers (0.8/1).
The race for the 18-49 demographic was less predictable. ABC won with a 2.0 rating, with CBS and NBC both tied at 1.4. That was followed by FOX at 1.0 and The CW at 0.4.