TV Ratings: 'Medium' ends on high note for CBS, 'Fringe' dips after Friday move

Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

The series finale of "Medium," up by over 1 million from its penultimate offering, led the way for CBS to take Friday night.

Another big entry for the evening was the new time slot for FOX's "Fringe," which performed well, if down by about 8 percent in total viewers from it's last original airing in its Thursday spot. It also showed slight improvement over last Friday's 9:00 p.m. entry, "Human Target."

Overall, CBS led with 7.2 million viewers and a 4.5 rating/8 share among households. NBC came in second at 5.8 million, 3.7/6, followed by ABC in fourth with 4.9 million and a 3.2/6, just ahead of fourth place entry FOX, which posted 4.6 million and a 2.6/5. CW reruns brought in 1.4 million and a 0.9/2.

FOX fared much better in the 18-49 demo, winning the night with a 1.9. ABC (1.4) came in second, followed by tied CBS and NBC (1.3) and The CW (0.5) in last.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Medium" (7.8 million viewers, 4.8/8 households)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" rerun (4.7 million, 2.7/5)
ABC: "Supernanny" (4.3 million, 2.9/5)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (4.25 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: "Smallville" rerun (1.5 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.9)

9 p.m.

CBS: "CSI: NY" rerun (7.2 million, 4.5/8)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (6.2 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (5.1 million, 3.2/5)
FOX: "Fringe" (4.9 million, 2.7/5)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Fringe" (1.9)

10 p.m.

"CSI: NY" rerun (6.6 million, 4.3/8)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (6.5 million, 4.3/8)
ABC: "20/20" (5.4 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: "20/20" (1.5)

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

More ratings at @zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Photo/Video credit: CBS