TV ratings: 'Fringe' steady on Friday, CBS cruises to victory

fringe-os-320.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, March 11, 2011

There was little change in "Fringe" Watch 2011 on Friday: The show's total audience was down slightly from its last original episode two weeks ago, but its demographic ratings held steady.

Otherwise it was a pretty typical Friday, which means CBS led the night by a wide margin. The Eye averaged 10.6 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/10 share in households, grabbing far and away the most viewers for the night. NBC was the best of the rest with 5.8 million viewers and a 3.8/7. ABC (4.75 million, 2.9/5) came in third, followed by FOX (3.95 million, 2.3/4). A night of repeats on The CW drew 1.4 million viewers and a 0.9/2.

CBS also finished first in the adults 18-49 demographic with a 1.8 rating. The demo race was much closer, with FOX coming in second at 1.6. ABC and NBC tied for third at 1.4, while The CW scored a 0.5.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Defenders" season finale (9 million viewers, 5.6/10 households)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (4.1 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: "Supernanny" (4 million, 2.5/4)
NBC: "Who Do You Think You Are?" rerun (3.9 million, 2.6/5)
The CW: "Smallville" rerun (1.6 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.7)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" (11 million, 6.8/12)
NBC: "Dateline" (6.4 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.35 million, 2.6/5)
FOX: "Fringe" (3.8 million, 2.2/4)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (2.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Blue Bloods" (11.75 million, 7.2/13)
NBC: "Dateline" (7.1 million, 4.6/8)
ABC: "20/20" (5.9 million, 3.7/7)

18-49 leader: "Blue Bloods" and "Dateline" tied at 1.9

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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