CBS AND NBC LEAD; MOCKINGBIRD LANE SPECIAL RESPECTABLE ON NBC
It was a night of split Friday leadership, with CBS the most-watched overall and NBC, which benefitted by Mockingbird Lane, No. 1 among adults 18-49. The pilot for The Munsters reboot lifted NBC to a season-high in the Friday 8 p.m. hour, with 5.43 million viewers (#3) and a 1.5 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 (#2). And the stronger lead-in support was beneficial to Grimm at 9 p.m., which scored a season-high 6.01 million viewers and a 1.9/ 6 in the demo. Grimm topped the night among adults 18-49, while Blue Bloods on CBS was first in total viewers with 10.81 million at 10 p.m.
Elsewhere, the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares was a bust on Fox, with 2.67 million viewers (#4) and a 0.9/ 3 among adults 18-49 (#4) at 8 p.m. Lead-out Fringe, which will be concluding shortly, was no better, while CW duo America’s Next Top Model and Nikita were barely visible. 20/20 on ABC at 10 p.m., meanwhile, delivered more viewers than competing Dateline on NBC, but Dateline had the advantage among adults 18-49 (thanks to Mockingbird Lane at 8 p.m. lifting the evening). And a special edition of 20/20 at 9 p.m., All Access Nashville with Katie Couric, was similar to regularly scheduled occupant Primetime: What Would You Do?
Next Friday, Shark Tank on ABC (which won the 8 p.m. hour among adults 18-49, with a 1.8/ 6) shifts to 9 p.m. out of the season-premiere of Last Man Standing and new 8:30 p.m. sitcom Malibu Country with Reba and Lily Tomlin. For a listing by network and by individual series (by half hour), click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/932byf4
Update (Monday 10/29/12 5:02 p.m. EDT): Broadcast and select cable final national ratings on the forum.