Fast National ratings for Friday, May 20, 2011.
The two-hour season finale of "Supernatural" mostly faced newsmagazines and repeats on Friday night, but it failed to even get a tiny bump and couldn't lift The CW out of fifth. Instead, CBS and FOX split a lackluster last Friday of May Sweeps.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 1.5 rating for the night, beating the 1.3 rating for ABC in the coveted demographic. NBC's 1.1 rating and the 1.0 rating for CBS followed, leaving The CW in fifth with a 0.8 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 6.325 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/8 share to win the night. NBC was second with a 3.2/6 and 4.65 million viewers, just ahead of ABC's 2.9/5 and 4.535 million viewers. FOX's 2.1/4 and 3.67 million viewers were good for fourth and, of course, The CW was fifth with a 1.3/2 and 2.14 million viewers.
8 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first overall with 6.68 million viewers for "Flashpoint," but the Canadian procedural could muster only a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, a distant third. ABC's "Shark Tank" repeat was second overall with 4.15 million viewers. FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was third overall with 3.84 million viewers and won the hour comfortably with a 1.6 rating in the key demo. NBC's "Friday Night Lights" was up from last week with 3.31 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating. The CW's "Supernatural" finale averaged 2.06 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating (both just under the show's numbers for its last original episode) for its first hour.
9 p.m. - A repeat of "CSI: NY" was Friday's most watched show, with 7.08 million viewers for CBS. NBC's "Dateline" was second with 4.73 million viewers, holding off the 3.94 million viewers for ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" FOX's repeat of "Kitchen Nightmares" averaged 3.49 million viewers and a 1.4 rating, winning the hour in the key demo. The CW's "Supernatural" was up slightly to 2.21 million viewers and remained in place with a 0.8 rating in the key demo.
10 p.m. - "Dateline" won the 10 p.m. hour overall for NBC with 5.905 million viewers and finished second with a 1.3 demo rating. ABC's "20/20" was second overall with 5.52 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.5 demo rating. That left CBS in a close third with 5.21 million viewers for "48 Hours Mystery."
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.