Fast National ratings for Friday, March 30, 2012.
Maybe last week's series-low ratings really were the result of "Hunger Games"? 
"Fringe" bounced back on Friday night to numbers in line with its season averages and even tied with a new "Grimm" among young viewers. Of course, even a rising "Fringe" wasn't really a factor in the Friday ratings races.
CBS won the night both overall and in the key demo thanks to decent, but below season averages, performances from "Undercover Boss," "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods."
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.7 rating, nipping ABC's 1.6 rating in the key demographic. FOX moved up to third for the night with a 1.2 rating, beating NBC's 1.1 rating and the 0.5 rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 9.38 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/11 share for Friday night. ABC was a distant second with a 3.6/6 and 5.58 million viewers. NBC's 3.0/5 and 4.61 million viewers came in third, followed by FOX's 3 million viewers and a 1.8/3. The CW trailed with a 1.0/2 and 1.52 million viewers.
8 p.m. - CBS kicked off primetime in first with 8.1 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 for "Undercover Boss" in the 8 p.m. hour. NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" was second overall with 5.08 million viewers, but fourth with a 0.8 key demo rating. ABC's repeat of "Shark Tank" finished third with 4.8  million viewers and tied for second with a 1.2 key demo rating. FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was up from last week with a 1.2 key demo rating, but down with 2.9 million viewers. On The CW, "Nikita" dropped from last week with 1.32 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "CSI: NY" returned with 9.44 million viewers and also won the 9 p.m. hour with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS. ABC was second with "Primetime: What Would You Do?" which averaged 5.02 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating. NBC's "Grimm" averaged 4.16 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating, while FOX's "Fringe" averaged 3.11 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. On The CW, "Supernatural" was up from last week with 1.72 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "Blue Bloods" closed primetime with 10.6 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour overall, but the drama finished second with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "20/20" averaged 6.92 million and won the hour with a 2.1 key demo rating. NBC's "Dateline" was third with 4.58 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.