Ratings: ‘Undercover Boss’ sinks ‘Malibu Country’; ‘Nikita,’ ‘Grimm’ drop

After last night’s stellar Friday across the board for TV, you knew that those numbers were not going to be able to stay that strong forever. With that in mind, we now have some not-so-great news to share for a number of the programs that were on the schedule.
But why not start things off here with the one network that has something to be excited about? Out of nowhere “Undercover Boss” rose to a 2.0 rating and nine million viewers for its second episode this season, a sign that this show more than any other is the sort of thing that can fluctuate depending on whatever it is put around. “Blue Bloods” later in the night also rose to its highest rating in weeks in a 1.5, which helps out its season 4 chances by quite a bit despite some of the turmoil behind the scenes.

Now, the bad news. ABC’s comedy lineup took a steep hit this week, with “Malibu Country” losing over 25% of its viewing audience for its premiere by sinking to a 1.6. “Last Man Standing” finished with the same number, while “Shark Tank” topped the night with a 2.1 that was still down from the 2.3 rating the show drew last week.

Over on NBC, “Grimm” dropped to a 1.7 rating that makes us ask a very important question: why isn’t this show getting a proper lead-in? Everyone else on the schedule has one, but it feels almost like the network is not giving what is a major success story more help. On a different note, the only help “Nikita” needs at this point is help getting off of the stretcher. Despite its syndication potential, its 0.3 rating more or less makes it a dead show walking … even if it is shifting to an 8:00 timeslot in a few weeks.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 9, 2012:

TimeNetShow18-49 Rating18-49 ShareViewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PMCBSUndercover Boss2.079.002
ABCLast Man Standing1.657.310
FOXKitchen Nightmares1.243.493
CWAmerica's Next Top Model0.621.424
NBCGo On-R0.622.441
8:30PMABCMalibu Country1.657.249
NBCGuys With Kids -R0.722.163
9:00PMABCShark Tank2.166.683
CBSCSI: NY1.449.737
10:00 PMABC20/201.654.962
CBSBlue Bloods1.5511.204
NBCDateline NBC1.344.619

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Will Nikita be helped by moving back to its earlier time slot with Arrow repeats?  Will Grimm finally get a good lead in?  Will Fringe ever stop breaking our hearts? All this and more in the comments.