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

Thank 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 …READ MORE

Ratings: Undercover Boss Gives CBS a Raise, Whitney Sings for 20/20, Nikita Up, Fringe Flat

CBS’ Friday scheduling shuffle paid some dividends in its first week, with Undercover Boss (10.7 million total viewers, 2.4 demo rating) improving on A Gifted Man‘s most recent performance as the lead-off hitter by 22 and 85 percent.

The Boss also gave CBS its most-watched and highest-rated 8 o’clock hour in almost three years, since Ghost Whisperer circa March 2009. READ MORE

Ratings: Opposite Globes and Football-Infused Fox, CBS' Boss and Good Wife Take Biggest Hits

NBC’s presentation of the Golden Globe Awards held steady year-to-year — which for the Peacock is a big ol’ W — but the big winner on Sunday night was Fox’s animated line-up, which saw its numbers significantly ‘tooned up by its NFL playoffs lead-in.

Opposite the Globes (which based on preliminary numbers appeared to be pretty much flat versus 2011), The Simpsons … READ MORE