TV Ratings: 'Blue Bloods' leads rising CBS Friday dramas, while 'Fringe' is flat
'Grimm,' 'Shark Tank' have good weeks for NBC and ABC
Fast National ratings for Friday, February 10, 2012.
All three of CBS' Friday procedurals were up week-to-week in viewers and carried the network to victory on a night that also saw gains for NBC's "Grimm," ABC's "Shark Tank" and (kinda) The CW's "Supernatural." Going the other way were FOX's "Fringe" or The CW's "Nikita" which were flat-at-best (or slightly down).
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.6 rating for the night, edging out ABC's 1.5 rating, NBC's 1.4 rating and the 1.3 rating for FOX in the key demographic. The CW averaged a 0.6 rating.
Overall, CBS won more comfortably with an average of 10.31 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share for Friday night. NBC was a distant second with 5.32 million viewers and a 3.46, just ahead of ABC's 3.4/6 and 5.23 million viewers. FOX was fourth with 3.295 million viewers and a 2.0/5, basically doubling The CW's 1.0/2 and 1.65 million viewers.
8 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with 8.81 million viewers for "A Gifted Man," on the high side for the drama's recent performances, though the bubble show still averaged only a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, for third. ABC had a good night for "Shark Tank," which averaged 5.91 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.8 key demo rating. NBC's "What Would You Do?" averaged 5.535 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was fourth overall with 3.56 million viewers and second with a 1.5 key demo rating. On The CW, "Nikita" averaged 1.45 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "CSI: NY" won the 9 p.m. hour for CBS with 10.34 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Grimm" improved on last week's numbers and finished second with 5.24 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating. ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" averaged 4.62 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating for a close third. FOX's "Fringe" averaged 3.03 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating, down in viewers and flat in the demo (but really a little down, since last week's Fast Nationals demo was a 1.15 and this week's really a 1.05, though that's really splitting hairs). The CW's "Supernatural" was up in viewers with 1.855 million viewers and flat with a 0.7 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "Blue Bloods" closed primetime as the night's top program with 11.77 million viewers and also won the hour with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Dateline" averaged 5.18 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating to nip the 5.16 million and 1.4 key demo rating for ABC's "20/20."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.