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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins NightRATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

Even this late in the fall season, last night proved you can still have beginnings and endings. For beginnings, the action was on Fox as Raising Hope returned for a fourth season on a new night. With Jeffrey Tambor making a paternal guest appearance, the comedy aired back-to-back premiere episodes at 9 PM and 9:30 PM with both drawing a 0.7/2. To put it mildly, the move from Tuesdays to a new night did not raise ratings hope for Raising Hope – quite the opposite. The series was down 36% from the season debut of the now shuttered Fringe in the same time period. Compared to Raising Hope’s Season 3 Tuesday 8 PM debut on October 2, 2012, both of last night’s premiere episodes cratered 59% among adults 18-49 and 41% in total viewers. Raising Hope’s lead-in had a slightly softer ride. Moving to the 8 PM Friday slot previously occupied by MasterChef Jr, Bones (1.2/4) was down from the Gordon Ramsay’s little cookers 1.5/5 of last week’s finale. Bones was also down 43% from its prior average on Mondays. Overall, Fox pulled a 1.0/3 rating last night with 3.659 million watching.

In terms of who won the night overall – the crown went to CBS on Friday. With a 1.5/5 rating and 9.957 million viewers, the network was followed among adults 18-49 by Univision’s 1.4/5 and in audience by ABC’s 6.016 million. Part of CBS’s viewership victory was helped by the hefty Blue Bloods (1.4/4).  While up just 8% among the demo, Blue Bloods was once again the most watched show of the night, this time with a viewership of 11.60 million – the biggest viewership since its season premiere.

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins NightRATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

As Raising Hope began a new season at 9 PM, America’s Next Top Model (0.5/2) ended its 20th cycle with a winner. Unfortunately, on the first season where both men and women were competing for the prize together, ratings were not that unanimous winner for the CW with the finale. While up 25% from last week’s show, Top Model was down 17% from last season’s finale on November 16, 2012. On the flip side, its lead-in The Carrie Diaries (0.4/1) saw a 33% rise among the key demo from last week.

Over on CBS, Hawaii Five-O’s (1.5/5) first demo victory over NBC’s Grimm (1.5/5) at 9 PM last week became a tie last night with the former up 7% from November 8 and the latter rising 15%. Neither was the winner in the slot. That went to Shark Tank (1.7/5) While down 15% from its November 8th show to tie its season low, the ABC entrepreneurial reality series was the highest rated show of the night for the 9th week in a row.

The rest of ABC’s line-up had comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and Neighbors (0.9/3) down 7% and 10% respectively earlier in the night. In terms of Neighbors, that was a season low tie. During the same 8 PM to 9PM time slot, CBS’s Undercover Boss (1.6/6) was down 11% from last week. Later in the night, 20/20 also saw a dip. On at 10 PM, the ABC news mag was down 7% from its November 8 show.

On NBC, the bloodletting stopped on Dracula (0.9/3) or at least bottomed out. After two weeks of big drops following its October 25 debut, the 10 PM freshman vampire series was flat with its November 8 show. Earlier in the night at 8 PM, Dateline had a 10% rise from last week. 

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