Ratings: ABC's Friday Sitcoms Have Strong Start, Shark Tank Hits New Highs, Nikita Rises

Amanda Fuller and Tim Allen, Last Man StandingThank god it’s Friday sitcoms! ABC’s new line-up of week-ending comedy fare fared very well in its first foray, as Last Man Standing opened its sophomore run with 7.84 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating — down sharply from its series launch, sure, but up 19 and 12 percent from its freshman finale and delivering its best numbers since Feb. 7 and March 20, respectively.

Leading out of that, Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country debuted to 8.9 mil and a 2.2, building on Last Man‘s numbers and almost matching the audience of fellow newbie The Neighbors‘ launch. ABC notes that Malibu Reba scored the network’s best numbers in the time slot in almost five years.

All told, ABC’s sitcombo performed 23 and 14 better than Shark Tank‘s most recent Fridays-at-8 outing.

Speaking of Shark Tank: It rose 8 and 28 percent to net all-time highs in its 9 o’clock perch — 7.3 mil and 2.3. So, win-win for ABC.

Elsewhere on the night:

8 pm | CBS’ Undercover Boss opened its new season with 8 mil/1.5, down 26 and 37 percent from last cycle’s Friday premiere but up more than 30 percent from its May finale. NBC’s Hurricane Sandy telethon drew 6.3 mil/1.5. Kitchen Nightmares (3 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth in the demo, while Top Model (1.25 mil/0.4) was flat.

9 pm | CSI: NY led the hour in total audience with 10 mil (while scoring a 1.5 rating, flat versus last week). Grimm (5.7 mil/1.8) dipped 10 percent, Fringe (2.6 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth and Nikita (1.17 mil/0.4) rose two tenths from its scary week-ago low.

10 pm | Blue Bloods was Friday’s most watched program with 10.9 million viewers while netting a 1.3 rating, slipping just a bit week-to-week.