Several weeks ago, we first praised the move by ABC to move “Shark Tank” to 9:00 p.m. Eastern as a brilliant move that made the show into a smash hit. However, we’re not quite so sure now that it has worked out as well when it comes to the network actually supporting their new shows.
For evidence, just look at the fact that “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” posted a pretty woeful 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic between them for new episodes Friday night; and had they aired after “Shark Tank,” we would be willing to wager at least a slight increase for both shows. While “Shark Tank” itself tied “Undercover Boss” for the most-watched show of the night in the demo with a 1.9, but imagine how much better it could do if there was some sort of decent audience leading into it rather than the 1.1 for the Reba McEntire comedy.
Elsewhere, “Nikita” fans should be reasonably happy with the 0.4 rating that the show drew at 9:00. It’s a drop of a tenth from last week’s season high, but this puts it about whether the show was for most of last season. If it was renewed last time with these ratings, we have to think it will be again just for syndication purposes if nothing else. We would not be surprised next year to see a lineup consisting of this show paired with either “Beauty and the Beast” or new show “The Selection.” It’s also possible that “Supernatural” could return to Fridays so that The CW can use the “Arrow” lead-in on a new show, but we like the tone of that lineup as it is.
For those of you CBS fans, “CSI: NY” and “Blue Bloods” each drew a 1.5 … and we still believe that the former show, which is expensive and nine years old, will probably get canceled.
As always, be sure to share your thoughts below, and you can check out our “Shark Tank” review over here.
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