9:01am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Fashion Star' Falters, 'Grimm' Makes Mostly Steady Return
An even Last Man Standing (1.5 adults) kicked off the night on ABC, followed by a one-tenth dip for Malibu Country (1.3 adults). At 9 p.m., Shark Tank (2.0 adults) was up by a tenth to easily scored the night's top performance in the key demo. 20/20 (1.6 adults) was up by two tenths, giving ABC an average 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers.
Undercover Boss (1.4 adults) was off a tenth of a point before Golden Boy (1.0 adults) made its soft and lone foray to Friday. The series was supposed to make a home in the slot, but CBS recently announced the hour as the new home for freshman Vegas. Blue Bloods (1.4 adults) was steady with its last original, giving CBS a 1.3 adults rating and 8.4 million viewers for the night.
NBC's new midseason Friday brought the second season of Fashion Star (0.8 adults), which was down eight tenths of a point from last year's series opener (1.6 adults). (Previous neighbor Biggest Loser did give the show lead-in.) Grimm (1.5 adults) came back from its a four-month hiatus -- and though it was off a tenth of a point from its last original, it was up a tenth from last year's winter return. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.9 adults) was off a tenth of a point from last week, giving the network an average 1.1 adults rating and 3.98 million viewers for the night.
Kitchen Nightmares (1.3 adults) was up two tenths of a point on Fox, but it did not boost Touch (0.7 adults). The drama was down a tenth of a point to tie its recent low. Fox averaged a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.99 million viewers.
Nikita (0.4 adults), even with its last original, led into a time slot debut for freshman drama Cult (0.2). The series lost a tenth of point of its already modest take, giving the network an average 0.3 adults rating and 1.1 million viewers for the night.