Ratings: Touch Down, Bum Job, CSI: NY Ties Season High, Nikita Ticks Up

TOUCH_112-SC47_0010Fox’s rejiggered, more-24ier-than-ever! Touch returned on Friday night to 3.8 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating across its two-hour opener. That’s down 20 and 23 percent from its Season 1 finale. (The series’ launch led out of Idol so… oranges.)

Also opening on the low side Friday was CBS’ The Job, which with 4.1 mil and a 0.9 was down more than 50 percent from time slot predecessor Undercover Boss and only outrated Nikita in the 8 o’clock hour.

Lead-out CSI: NY (9.44 mil/1.6) nonetheless ticked up to match its season high in the demo. Blue Bloods was flat at 11.1 mil/1.5, drawing the night’s largest audience (as always).

Elsewhere:

* The CW’s aforementioned Nikita (1.42 mil/0.5) was up 15 percent and a tenth.

* Both ABC’s Last Man Standing (7.35 mil/1.6) and Malibu Country (6.2 mil/1.3) saw gains — and ABC notes that the latter now stands as this TV season’s most-watched new comedy (edging out NBC’s Go On). Shark Tank (6.2 mil/1.9) nabbed the night’s best demo rating, but dropped a few eyeballs week-to-week.

* NBC’s all-news Friday line-up fared well, with Dateline (7 mil/1.5) surging 60 and 36 percent in its earlier slot and drawing its largest audience in 16 months. Rock Center (5.5 mil/1.3) surged 63 percent in the demo from its last Thursday outing and scored its best numbers since Sept. 13.