9:14am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Bones' and 'Raising Hope' Improve, 'Nikita' Returns Soft for Final Stretch
Losing some ground from last week's Friday tie with Shark Tank, Undercover Boss pulled a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 on CBS with a clip show. Down three-tenths of a point from last week, it led into a mostly steady Hawaii Five-0 (1.6 adults), down a tenth, and a lifted Blue Bloods (1.4 adults) -- which was up by a tenth. CBS tied ABC with an average 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and topped in viewers with 9.4 million.
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An even Last Man Standing (1.2 adults) led into slightly lifted episodes of The Neighbors (0.9 adults) and Shark Tank (1.8 adults). Both series were up a tenth of a point, with the latter topping the night in the demo. 20/20 (1.6 adults) saw a bigger lift, growing three-tenths of a point from last week. ABC averaged a 1.5 adults rating and 6.2 million viewers.
An even Dateline (1.1 adults) was partnered with the special Where Were You the Day JFK Died? (1.1 adults), giving NBC a 1.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers.
The second week of Fox's new Friday lineup saw Bones (1.5 adults) jump three-tenths of a point. Back-to-back episodes of Raising Hope (0.9, 0.8 adults) were each up a tenth of a point from last week, giving Fox a 1.1 adults rating and 4 million viewers for the night.
Nikita kicked off its last six episodes on The CW with a low 0.2 rating among adults 18-49. Not far off from the series' historic course, the last season opened with a 0.3 adults rating and wrapped up down just a tenth of a point. The Carrie Diaries (0.3) kicked off the night even with last week. The network averaged a 0.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 726,000 viewers for the night.