Ratings: CBS dominates, 'Smallville' 200th episode buzz pays off for CW

smallville-200-clark.pngFast National ratings for Friday, October 15, 2010

While CBS is still the uncontested leader of Friday night programming, this was a big week for The CW, which is almost consistently the least-watched network. The highly anticipated 200th episode of veteran drama "Smallville" gave the network a healthy boost this week.

CBS averaged 8.6 million and a 5.5 rating/10 share in households for the night, beating NBC's second place showing of 4.25 million and a 2.9/5 by a wide margin. ABC followed closely with 4.21 million and a 2.8/5). The CW was, for once, not in last place, snagging 2.99 million viewers (1.6/3) and FOX followed with 2.5 million and a 1.6/3 share.

In the 18-49 adult demo, CBS  led with a 1.5 rating, followed by The CW (1.3), ABC and NBC (both with 1.1) and FOX (0.8)

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Medium" (6.1 million, 4.0/8)
ABC: "No Ordinary Family" rerun (4.1 million, 2.6/5)
The CW: "Smallville"  (3.1 million, 1.7/3)
NBC: "School Pride" (2.9 million viewers, 1.9/4 households)
FOX: "House" rerun (2.6 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "Smallville" (1.3)

9 p.m.

CBS: "CSI: NY" (9.5 million, 6.0/11)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (4.6 million, 3.1/6)
ABC: "20/20" (3.8 million, 2.6/5)
The CW: "Supernatural" (2.8 million, 1.5/3)
FOX: "The Good Guys" (2.3 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (1.7)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Blue Bloods" (10.2 million, 6.4/11)
ABC: "20/20" (4.6 million, 3.2/6)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (5.2 million, 3.7/7)

18-49 leader: "Blue Bloods" (1.7)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Photo credit: CBS