October 20, 2012 9:19am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Nikita' Returns Low, 'Grimm' and 'CSI:NY' Dip, 'Shark Tank' Tops Night
ABC topped another Friday in the key demo. According to fast affiliate ratings, the network averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers, thanks in large part to Shark Tank. The reality competition was again the top-rated program of the night, growing two tenths of a point to series high of a 2.0 rating with 18-49-ers, while Primetime: What Would You Do? grew 14 percent to a 1.6 adults rating. 20/20 held an even 1.4 rating in the demo.
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With a 1.1 adults rating and 8.4 million total viewers over the course of the night, CBS saw drops for both CSI:NY (down 14 percent to a 1.2 adults rating) and Blue Bloods (down seven percent to a 1.4 adults rating).
Grimm (1.4 adults rating) was down two tenths of a point on NBC, while Dateline was steady with a 1.3 in the demo. NBC also averaged a 1.1 adults rating for the night, pulling in 4.1 million viewers.
Nikita returned low to The CW after a new episode of America's Next Top Model (up 20 percent to a 0.6 adults rating). The thriller's third season opened down 50 percent from last year's debut, pulling just a 0.3 rating with adults 18-49. The network averaged a 0.5 in the demo and 1.2 million viewers.
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With game five of National League Championship Series, Fox scored a preliminary 1.7 rating with 18-49-ers that will most likely change when time zone adjustments are available.