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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' Returns Strong, 'Top Model' Hits Season High

Friday competition resumes with the winning return of ABC's original lineup and more promotional encores from NBC.

"Shark Tank" (HBO)

Shark Tank made a strong return to the ABC lineup on Friday, posting its largest audience ever (6.3 million viewers) and earning its best ever premiere rating among adults 18-49 (a 1.7). What Would You Do? and 20/20 were equally strong, with WWYD? topping its January premiere by a tenth of a point (1.7 adults rating) and 20/20 besting the combined score of its other broadcast competition at 10 p.m. with a 1.8 adults rating.

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ABC led the pack with an average 1.8 rating with 18-49-ers and 5.9 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliate numbers.

Special encores of freshman comedies Guys With Kids and Go On (both posted a 1.0 adults rating) and Grimm (0.7) led into a new outing of Dateline: NBC. It averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, matching the network's average for the night. NBC also pulled in 3.1 million viewers.

CBS and Fox both aired repeats for the night to the tune of a 0.7 average rating with adults 18-49. CBS pulled in 4.8 million viewers, leading Fox's 3 million.

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On the CW, a new episode of America's Next Top Model managed to reach a season high among adults 18-49, a 0.7 rating, against the new competition from Shark Tank. Following the reality series up with an encore of Nikita, the CW averaged a 0.5 adults rating and 1.1 million viewers for the night.