shark tank may 2 14 ratings TV ratings: 'Shark Tank' ties season high Friday, 'Blue Bloods' and 'Hannibal' upFast National ratings for Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday was a pretty good night for the broadcast networks, as ABC and NBC improved on last week’s performance and CBS held steady.

ABC’s “Shark Tank” equaled its season high among adults 18-49, leading the network to a demographic win. CBS took the viewer title, per usual, with “Blue Bloods” improving both overall and among adults 18-49. “Hannibal” ticked up for NBC. On the downside, FOX’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and The CW’s “Hart of Dixie” dropped.

CBS drew 9.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/11 share in households for the night, beating out the 7 million and 4.5/8 for second-place ABC. NBC (4.8 million, 3.1/6) came in third. FOX (2.5 million, 1.6/3) finished fourth, and The CW (888,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

ABC led the 18-49 demo with a 1.8 rating, it best number on a Friday in a year and a half.  CBS and NBC tied for second at 1.2. FOX posted a 0.8 and The CW a 0.3.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “Unforgettable” (7.6 million viewers, 4.8/9 households)
NBC: “Dateline” (6.4 million, 4.3/8)
ABC: Special – “Shark Tank: Swimming with Sharks” (5.8 million, 3.8/7)
FOX: “Kitchen Nightmares” (2.4 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (1.2 million, 0.7/1)/”Whose Line” rerun (1 million, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “Shark Tank: Swimming with Sharks” (1.5)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Hawaii Five-0” (8.7 million, 5.6/10)
ABC: “Shark Tank” (8.1 million, 5.1/9)
NBC: “Grimm” (5.2 million, 3.2/6)
FOX: “Kitchen Nightmares” (2.55 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” (674,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: “Shark Tank” (2.2)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Blue Bloods” (11.4 million, 7.3/13)
ABC: “20/20” (7 million, 4.7/8)
NBC: “Hannibal” (2.8 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: “20/20” (1.7)

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

Posted by:Rick Porter