'MasterChef Junior': Kid-sized ratings top hour

Fox’s cooking competition spin-off MasterChef Junior premiered Friday night to semi-decent ratings that were just grown-up enough to win 8 p.m..

The network’s latest Gordon Ramsay series had 4.2 million viewers and a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. That just barely edged out the return of CBS’ Undercover Boss and ABC’s Sitcom Hour of the Damned to top the hour.

At 9 p.m., CBS brought back Hawaii Five-0 (9.4 million, 1.5) in its new rough-neighborhood time slot. The crime procedural was down 18 percent from last fall’s Monday premiere and got its lunch stolen by ABC’s Shark Tank. ABC’s sharks, by and by, grew a tenth of a point from last week’s premiere despite its no-help Neighbors lead-in shrinking a bit. At 10 p.m., CBS’ Blue Bloods returned higher. Chart, chart, chart:

 SHOW  ADULTS 18-49 TOTAL VIEWERS
FOX 8-9P MASTERCHEF JR P 1.6 4,224
9-10P SLP HOLLOW R 0.9 2,774
ABC 8:00P LAST-STAND 1.2 5,663
8:30P NEIGHBORS 1.0 4,113
9-10P SHARK TANK 1.9 6,749
10-11P 20/20 1.3 4,628
CBS 8-9P UNDRCVR BOSS P 1.5 8,125
9-10P HI 5-0 P 1.5 9,381
10-11P BLUE BLOOD P 1.7 11,387
NBC 8-9P MJ FOX SHW RS 0.8 4,006
9-11P DATELINE P 1.3 6,526
CW 8:00P PERFECT SCR 0.2 811
8:30P PERFECT-ENC- R 0.2 611
9-10P AM-MD- 0.4 992
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