March 23, 2013 9:01am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Last Man Standing,' 'Malibu Country' Finales Rise Against March Madness
ABC led another Friday with help from a boosted comedy block. Last Man Standing (1.6 adults) and Malibu Country (1.4 adults) both saw bumps in their season finales. They jumped a respective two and three tenths of a point in the demo from the previous week, while Tim Allen's sophomore show came in a tenth of a point shy of last year's finale. Following an encore of Shark Tank, 20/20 (1.6 adults) was up two tenths of a point, week to week, giving ABC a dominant 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers for the night.
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March Madness continued on CBS with more of the 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament. Early returns give the game a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers, though both numbers will likely see some improvement when time zone adjustments come in on Monday.
Fashion Star (0.7 adults) and Grimm (1.4 adults) were both even with recent showings on NBC, while Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.9 adults) jumped three tenths of a point from its last outing. The network pulled a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers for the night.
Over on Fox, an encore of Kitchen Nightmares gave Touch (0.7 adults) a softer lead, though the series still managed to grow by a tenth of a point from last week. Fox averaged a 0.8 rating with 18-49-ers and 2.8 million viewers.
Nikita (0.4 adults) and Cult (0.2 adults) were both steady with last week's ratings, giving the CW a 0.3 rating in the key demo and 935,000 viewers for the night.