TV Ratings: Royal Wedding coverage wins for CBS, 'Friday Night Lights' slips

wedding-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, April 29, 2011

CBS was on top as usual and can send Prince William and Kate Middleton a nice wedding gift as a thank you. The Eye's coverage of the Royal Wedding (8.6 million viewers) plus new episodes of "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods" helped them win the night."  "Friday Night Lights"' viewership was down almost 800,000 from last week, while "Fringe" held steady with 3.5 million viewers.

CBS averaged 9 9.1 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/7 share in households to win the night. ABC was next with 5.9 million, 4.0/7, following by NBC at 4.2 million, 2.7/5. FOX was fourth at 3.2 million, 2.1/4 and the CW put up a solid 1.9 million, 1.2/2.

In the 18-49 demo, CBS lead the pack with a 1.7. ABC came in second with a 1.4 followed closely by FOX with a 1.3. NBC earned a 1.0 and The CW was at 0.8.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty" (8.6 million viewers, 4.5/9 households)
ABC: "Shark Tank" (4.5 million, 2.9/5)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.3 million, 2.1/4)
NBC: "Friday Night Lights" (3.0 million, 2.0/4)
The CW: "Smallville" (1.94 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty" (1.7)

9 p.m.

"CSI: NY" (9.2 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: "20/20" (6.6 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: "Dateline" (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: "Fringe" (3.5 million, 2.1/4)
The CW: "Supernatural" (1.93 million, 1.2/2)

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

10 p.m.

"Blue Bloods" (9.7 million, 6.3/11)
ABC: "20/20" (6.8 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: "Dateline" (4.9 million, 3.2/6)

18-49 leader: "20/20" and "Blue Bloods" (1.6)

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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