9:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Touch' Returns Soft, 'The Job' Opens Softer
ABC topped Friday among adults 18-49 (1.6 rating), starting with boosted Last Man Standing (1.6 adults) and Malibu Country (1.3 adults). The comedies were up two and one tenth of a point, respectively. Shark Tank (1.9 adults), the night's strongest performer, was even with last week. 20/20 (1.3 adults) was off two tenths. The network averaged 6 million viewers.
NBC's news block served it well, with Dateline (1.5 adults) rising 36 percent from last week's 10 p.m. showing and Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.3 adults) jumping 63 percent in its Friday debut. The network averaged a 1.4 adults rating and 6.5 million viewers.
CBS topped in viewers with 8.2 million, averaging a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49. The Job (0.9 adults) had a soft debut at 8 p.m., last in the hour across the big four and 53 percent shy of the Undercover Boss premiere in November. CSI: NY (1.6 adults) was up a tenth of a point and Blue Bloods (1.5 adults) was even.
Touch, debuting in the Friday slot after a ninth-month hiatus, opened with a 1.1 rating in 18-49 before falling to a 0.9 adults rating in its second hour. The two-hour premiere averaged a series low 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers. Touch, which opened to a massive haul after post-American Idol sampling last season, bottomed out at a 1.3 adults rating in its first season.
Nikita was up a tenth of a point to a 0.5 adults rating on the CW. The network averaged a 0.4 rating in the demo and 1 million viewers.