Tue. Jul 14th, 2020

TV Ratings: ‘Last Man Standing,’ ‘The Cool Kids’ Open Big for Fox

The return of Last Man Standing after a year away — and to a new network — was a strong one. lms_701_05_hires2_copyThe Fox comedy delivered big ratings for its return Friday night, scoring a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 along with 8.01 million viewers. Its final season on ABC in 2016-17 averaged a 1.2 and and 6.41 million viewers in the same-day ratings.


Most of the Last Man Standing audience stuck around for new comedy The Cool Kids,  (1.5 in the 18-49 demo, 6.79 million viewers). They were the two top-rated shows of the night among adults 18-49 by a wide margin and probably benefited from heavy promotion during Fox’s Thursday Night Football telecast.


The season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen fell off a fair amount to 0.9 but was on par with its average last season.


The season premieres of MacGyver (0.7 in the demo), Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) and Blue Bloods (0.9) on CBS all came down a little bit year to year. MacGyver and Five-0 each lost a tenth of a point year to year, and Blue Bloods fell two tenths.


ABC’s newest Truth and Lies documentary about the Jonestown tragedy of the 1970s averaged 0.6, and 20/20 followed with a 0.7. Dateline also posted a 0.7 for NBC. The CW’s Masters of Illusion was on its average at 0.2.


Fox’s 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 for the night was almost double the 0.7 it averaged a year ago. CBS finished second at 0.8. ABC and NBC tied for third at 0.6. The CW averaged 0.2.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Fox
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