James Hibberd
November 10, 2012 AT 04:43 PM EST

A Friday night reversal. After last week’s strong debuts by ABC comedies Last Man Standing and Malibu Country, this week CBS’ Undercover Boss rose up to overthrow the sitcoms.

Boss had 9 million viewers and a 2.1 adult demo rating, up 33.333333 etc. percent from last week. That not only won 8 p.m. but also came very close to topping ABC’s Shark Tank (6.7 million, 2.1) at 9 p.m. Tank slipped from last week’s series high, which is no surprise since the ABC sitcoms provided a softer lead-in this week, but this is still its second-biggest number ever.

Last Man Standing (7.3 million, 1.6) was down 20 percent and Malibu Country (7.2 million, 1.6) fell 30 percent. Here’s how an optimistic ABC executive would probably look at that: Well, at least they’re doing the same. In other words, at least the ratings aren’t showing some big drop from returning show Last Man Standing to the brand new Reba McEntire comedy. That suggests they make for a good team and that viewers aren’t rejecting Malibu in particular. And they’re still coming in second place in the hour.

Also Friday: CBS’ Blue Bloods ratings improved after last week. NBC’s Grimm slipped a notch. Fox’s Fringe was flat. And Nikta was, unfortunately, unchanged with 890,000 viewers and a 0.3 in the demo.

Full Chart on second page…


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