11:07am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Blue Bloods' Improves and Leno Visit Lifts 'Tonight'
Primetime was largely business as usual on Friday night — congratulations, Shark Tank — but late night saw some interesting movement.
The Tonight Show welcomed back Jay Leno for the first time, as a guest, since his February departure. Jimmy Fallon's interview with his predecessor brought the NBC telecast its highest overnight ratings in eight months: a 3.3 rating in metered market households. The last time Fallon posted such a Friday victory was back in March when his tenure was only in its third week.
As for primetime, ABC's steady block ensured another victory among adults 18-49. Comedies Last Man Standing (1.3 adults) and Cristela (1.0 adults) were both even, as was Shark Tank (1.9 adults). 20/20 was up two-tenths of a point for a 1.7 rating in the key demo.
Blue Bloods (1.4 adults) was the night's biggest grower in live-plus-same day returns, up three-tenths of a point from last week. Lead-ins The Amazing Race (1.2 adults) and Hawaii Five-0 held steady.
Sandwiched between steady episodes of Dateline (1.4 adults) and Constantine (1.0 adults) on NBC, Grimm rose two-tenths of a point to a 1.3 in the key demo.
Over on The CW, America's Next Top Model earned a 0.4 rating in the key demo.