Fast National ratings for Friday, January 25, 2013.
On a repeat-glutted Friday night, four networks were able to claim some measure of victory, with CBS leading overall and a trio of networks splitting the night among young viewers.
The repeats helped The CW's "Nikita" deliver its best numbers of the season, while a repeat of "The Following" outdrew last week's "Fringe" finale for FOX.
Among adults 18-49, FOX, NBC and ABC all averaged a 1.2 rating to tie for tops in the key demographic. CBS was close  behind with a 1.1 key demo rating, while The CW did a 0.4 key demo rating for Friday night.
Overall, though, CBS won comfortably with an estimated 7.44 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/8 share for Friday primetime. NBC's 3.3/5 and 4.99 million viewers and the 3.0/5 and 4.88 million viewers followed. FOX was fourth with 3.495 million viewers and a 2.2/4, while The CW averaged 1.205 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
8 p.m. - A repeat of "Undercover Boss" started the night in first for CBS with 7.08 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's repeats of "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country" averaged 4.5 million viewers (more than new episodes of "Happy Endings," if that sort of thing interests you) and finished fourth with a 0.9 key demo rating. NBC's "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" repeat averaged 3.97 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating in third overall and fourth in the demo. A new "Kitchen Nightmares" drew 3.78 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating for FOX. On The CW, "Nikita" rose to 1.59 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS stayed in first overall with 7.43 million viewers for a repeat of "CSI: NY," which was fourth with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Dateline" was second with 5.175 million viewers and second with a 1.2 key demo rating. ABC's "Shark Tank" repeat won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating and was a close third with 5.03 million viewers. On FOX, an encore of the "Following" premiere was fourth with 3.21 million viewers and third with a 1.1 key demo rating. The CW's encore of Monday's "The Carrie Diaries" averaged 817,000 viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating. 
10 p.m. - CBS closed its overall primetime sweep with 7.8 million viewers for a repeat of "Blue Bloods," finished third with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Dateline" was second with 5.82 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. ABC's "20/20" won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating and finished third with 4.5 million viewers.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.