TV ratings: 'Shark Tank' tops sleepy Friday while 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' premieres down

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shark-tank-tv-ratings-friday-march-21-abc.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, March 21, 2014

With the usual stiff competition over at CBS benched on Friday to make way for the second night of the NCAA basketball tournament, ABC easily took the night in both total viewers and the coveted 18-49 demo.

"Shark Tank" was the evening's demo winner, holding steady with a 2.0, while "20/20" scored the most total viewers of the evening. Over at The CW, the Season 2 premiere "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" was down in the 18-49 demo compared to its Season 1 premiere.

As stated, ABC led the viewer race with 6.8 million and a 4.4 rating/8 share in households. NBC (5.3 million, 3.5/6) came in second. CBS took third with 3.9 million viewers and a 2.5/4, while FOX (1.6 million, 1.1/2) and The CW (1.5 million, 1.0/2) brought up the rear.

ABC won the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 1.6 rating. NBC took second with a 1.3, while CBS took third with a 1.2. FOX and The CW tied for forth with a 0.5.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (7.5 million viewers, 5.0/9 households)
ABC: "Last Man Standing" rerun (4.6 million, 3.0/6)/"The Neighbors" (3.7 million, 2.4/4)
CBS: NCAA basketball (3.3 million, 2.2/4)
FOX: "Rake" (1.9 million, 1.3/2)
The CW: "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.9 million, 1.2/2)/"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.9 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Dateline: NBC" (1.4)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Shark Tank" (8 million, 5.0/9)
NBC: "Grimm" (5.7 million, 3.6/6)
CBS: NCAA basketball (3.6 million, 2.3/4)
FOX: "Enlisted" rerun (1.2 million, 0.9/2)/"Raising Hope" (1.4 million, 1.0/2)
The CW: "Hart of Dixie" (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Shark Tank" (2.0)

10 p.m.

ABC: "20/20" (8.2 million, 5.4/10)
CBS: NCAA basketball (4.7 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "Hannibal" (2.7 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "20/20" (1.7)

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

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Photo/Video credit: ABC