Friday nights not much of a fight

What happens when you put a ton of first-run programming on and the only show even remotely interesting to watch is WTTW’s Chicago Tonight: The Week In Review and the hot chick hosting¬†Check, Please?

Welcome to Friday night television in 2012.

In fact, if we were scoring this among winners and losers, the winners’ list would consist of a whole lot of bars in Wrigleyville and on Rush Street – that’s where many people were Friday night (and no, U.S. Cellular Field – where the White Sox had trouble drawing able bodies to the ballpark the same way the networks did on Friday night to television sets, does not count.)

All numbers are adult 18-49s, unless otherwise noted.

Starting off in the first hour, ABC’s Shark Tank won with a 1.5 rating/6 share, followed by the season premiere of CSI: NY with a 1.3/5, down 28 percent from its premiere in 2011 – which aired a hour later. Finally, CW earned a 0.5/2 with America’s Next Top Model, finishing behind repeats of Grimm on NBC and X Factor on Fox. Top Model is expected to be canceled after this season. Beginning November 2, ABC plans to air Last Man Standing and Malibu Country in this time slot as a TGIF revival (more or less), pushing Shark Tank an hour later.

Moving to the second hour, a fresh installment of Grimm topped CBS’ critically-slammed drama Made In Jersey, 1.6/5 to 1.1/4. Fox’s Fringe tied Jersey and an encore of ABC’s The Last Resort with a similar number and share, and down 27 percent from last year.

In the third and final hour of primetime, Blue Bloods had a 1.5/5 for its season premiere, down 25 percent from last year, but it was the night’s most watched show with 11.1 million viewers. In the battle of the network newsmagazines, ABC’s 20/20 (1.4/4) topped NBC’s Dateline (1.3/4).

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