Fast National ratings for Friday, January 28, 2011.
FOX won its second consecutive Friday in the coveted demographic thanks to a steady performance by the transplanted "Fringe."
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 1.8 rating for the night, beating NBC's 1.6 rating in the key demo. ABC's 1.3 rating and the 1.2 rating for CBS followed. The CW was fifth with a 0.5 rating.
Overall, though, CBS came out on top, averaging 7.69 million viewers to go with a 4.9 rating/9 share. NBC was second with a 4.1/7 and 6.31 million viewers. ABC's 3.1/5 and 4.675 million viewers took third, beating the 2.5/4 and 4.31 million viewers for FOX. The CW trailed with a 0.8/1 and 1.19 million viewers. 
8 p.m. - CBS started the night in first overall with nearly 7.7 million viewers for an "NCIS: Los Angles" repeat. NBC was well back in second with 4.31 million viewers for a repeat of "Minute To Win It." FOX's new "Kitchen Nightmares" was third with 4.05 million viewers, but won the hour among adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating. ABC's repeat of "Supernanny" finish fourth with 3.55 million viewers. The CW's repeat of "The Vampire Diaries" was fifth with 1.33 million viewers.
9 p.m. - CBS stayed in first in the 9 p.m. hour with 8.17 million viewers for an "CSI: NY" repeat. NBC moved up to second with 6.87 million viewers for "Dateline." FOX's "Fringe" averaged 4.57 million viewers (down slightly from last week) in third overall, but won the hour with a 1.9 demo rating. ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" was fourth with 4.56 million viewers. A repeat of "Nikita" gave The CW 1.06 million viewers for fifth.
10 p.m. - NBC zipped into first in the 10 p.m. hour with 7.745 million viewers and a 1.9 demo rating for "Dateline." CBS was second overall with 7.19 million viewers for a "Hawaii Five-0" repeat. ABC's "20/20" was third overall with 5.92 million viewers, but finished second in the demo.
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.