Primetime Ratings: ‘Malibu Country' Gets Solid Start

Reba McEntire sitcom drives ‘Shark Tank' to series high as ABC wins Friday

The debut of ABC's new Reba McEntire sitcom Malibu Country got off to a strong start
on Friday, drawing a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers at
8:30 p.m., according to Nielsen fast nationals.

Malibu built on
its lead-in, the season premiere of Last
Man Standing
, which predictably fell in its move to Friday, down 47% from
its Tuesday series premiere last fall to a 1.9. The Tim Allen vehicle did improve on
year-ago occupant Extreme Makeover: Home
by 73%, however.

Buoyed by Malibu
's solid performance, Shark
hit a series-high 2.3 rating in its time period premiere at 9 p.m.
while 20/20 was up a tenth from last
week to a 1.5.

ABC was first for the night with a 2.0 rating/6 share,
followed by CBS and NBC, which tied for second with a 1.4 each.

The season premiere of CBS' Undercover Boss dropped 38% from its Friday premiere last February
to a 1.5. CSI: NY grew a tenth to a
1.5 while Blue Bloods dipped a tenth
to a 1.3.

NBC's benefit telethon Hurricane
Sandy: Coming Together
hosted by Matt Lauer delivered a 1.5 rating and 6.3
million viewers at 8 p.m. with Grimm
down a tenth to a 1.8. Dateline fell
27% to a 1.1.

Fox was fourth with a 1.0/3, with the second part of Kitchen Nightmares' season premiere and Fringe each up a tenth from last week.

The CW trailed with a 0.4/1 for a steady America's Next Top Model and Nikita, which improved 50% week-over-week.