hannibal season 2 premiere ratings nbc TV ratings: 'Hannibal' Season 2 premieres lower in Friday night time slotFast national ratings for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that NBC’s “Hannibal” premiered to lower ratings than its Season 1 bow on its Friday night debut — that’s just what happens when shows move to Friday night — but there’s good news for the serial killer drama: While the Season 2 premiere was down from its first Season 1 outing, it still managed to beat the last five episodes of Season 1 and perform better than its fall counterpart, “Dracula.”

CBS won the night in overall viewers with an average of 9.9 million people tuning in for the first Olympics-less Friday in a month and a 6.2 rating/11 household share. A new episode of “Blue Bloods” managed to draw the most viewers of the night — 11.8 million — with “Hawaii Five-0’s” 10.4 million viewers coming in close behind. ABC came in second with an average 6.9 million viewers (4.4/8), with NBC scoring 4.9 million viewers (3.2/6), FOX drawing 2.6 million (1.7/3) and The CW rounding out the field with 969,000 viewers (0.6/1).

ABC won the night in the 18-49 demographic, however, with a 1.7 average for the night. “Shark Tank” was the highest-rated show of the night in the demo, drawing a 2.1 rating. CBS landed a 1.4, while NBC drew a 1.2, FOX a 0.7 and The CW a 0.3.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.
“Undercover Boss” (7.6 million viewers, 4.7/8 households)

NBC: “Dateline NBC” (6.2 million, 4.2/8)

ABC: “Last Man Standing” (6.6 million, 4.2/8)/”The Neighbors” (4.5 million, 2.8/5)

FOX: “Bones” repeat (3.4 million, 2.2/4)

The CW: “Whose Line is it Anyway?” repeat (1.3 million, 0.9/2)/”Whose Line is it Anyway?” repeat (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: “Undercover Boss” (1.3)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” (10.4 million, 6.6/11)

ABC: “Shark Tank” (7.8 million, 4.9/8)

NBC: “Grimm” (5.2 million, 3.3/6)

FOX: “Enlisted” (1.8 million, 1.3/2)/”Raising Hope” (1.8 million, 1.1/2)

The CW: “Star-Crossed” repeat (550,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: “Shark Tank” (2.1)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Blue Bloods” (11.8 million, 7.5/13)

ABC: “20/20” (7.3 million, 4.9/9)

NBC: “Hannibal” (3.3 million, 2.2/4)

18-49 leader: “20/20” (1.8)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Jean Bentley