8:23am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Strong 'MacGyver' Reboot Tops Friday, 'Exorcist' Eyes Premiere-Week Lows
Friday isn't the most exciting night of the broadcast week, but this one brought two new series premieres — CBS' MacGyver reboot and Fox's serialized spin on horror classic The Exorcist.
There's no question which of the two came out on top. MacGyver averaged a solid 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers. While the score in the demo might be a little lackluster in the middle of the week, it's very impressive when opening on a Friday night. CBS' new drama even managed to outperform every other broadcast series for the night, among both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
The Exorcist bowed to less promising scores, averaging a 1.0 rating in the key demo and 2.9 million viewers. Both numbers have the show currently ranking as the softest live-plus-same-day premiere of the season. Its lead-in, Hell's Kitchen, performed slightly better for Fox, with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers.
Top honors on Friday typically go to ABC's Shark Tank, but the reality competition was down sharply from its year-ago premiere. It sank 45 percent among adults 18-49 to a 1.1 rating. Elsewhere on ABC, the new seasons of Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken opened with respective scores of 1.1 and 0.9 among adults 18-49.
Good news for MacGyver meant good news for its lead-outs. Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods each averaged a 1.3 rating in the key demo to share second-place status for the night.