The Season 3 premiere of ABC’s Shark Tank made a splash on Friday night, besting all comers with the series’ largest audience ever (6.3 million total viewers) while matching the demo rating for its sophomore opener.
In fact, ABC, facing little competition, swept every hour, with the 20/20 season premiere (6.1 mil/1.8) earning the night’s best rating.
Of Friday’s other original programming, Tyler Perry Presents: Tyler Perry’s America’s Next Top Model: Tyler Perry’s College Edition (1.5 mil/0.7) drew this cycle’s largest rating and matched its largest audience, while a leftover Season 1 original of Fox’s Touch was more like a graze, delivering under 3 million viewers and tying Top Model‘s 0.7 rating. (Touch Season 2 doesn’t open until Oct. 26.)
COMING NEXT FRIDAY: On the broadcast networks…. well, nothing new. (Syfy’s Haven returns, though!) Come Sept. 28, Fringe kicks off its final run and CBS’ dramas make their season debuts.