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Ratings: ‘MasterChef Junior’ Solid in Friday-Night Return

Kids cooking competition aired on Tuesdays last season

Fox’s kids cooking contest “MasterChef Junior” is still packing a grown-up punch, even on Friday nights.

The show premiered its fourth season Friday, drawng a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen overnight numbers, making it the No. 2 show of the evening. That number is down from the 1.8 ratings the show drew for its Season 2 premiere last fall and Season 3 premiere in spring. But those seasons aired on Tuesday nights, when viewership levels are significantly higher than they are on Fridays.

Fox premiered Season 2 of “World’s Funniest” at 9 p.m., drawing a 0.8, down 20 percent from January’s series premiere. Fox and CBS tied for second place in the advertiser-coveted demo, each averaging a 1.1 rating and 4 share.

“Shark Tank” was the night’s top show, drawing a 1.6 rating for ABC at 9 p.m., up 14 percent from last week. “Last Man Standing” and “Dr. Ken” each drew a 1.2 at 8 and 8:30 p.m., respectively. Newsmagazine “20/20” drew a 1.3 at 10 p.m. ABC led the night with a 1.4/5.

CBS’ “The Amazing Race” at 8 p.m. and “Hawaii 5-0” at 9 p.m. each drew a 1.1. “Blue Bloods” drew  1.2 at 10 p.m.

NBC’s Friday-night comedies continued to struggle, with “Undateable” drawing a 0.7 at 8 p.m. and “Truth Be Told” drawing a 0.6 at 8:30 p.m. “Grimm” at 9 p.m. and “Dateline” at 10 p.m. each drew a 1.0. NBC finished fourth with a 0.8 / 3.

The CW’s “Reign” and “America’s Next Top Model” each averaged a 0.3.