Updated TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe,' 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural' Steady; 'Blue Bloods' Rises; 'CSI: NY' Slips

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February 26th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.377 3.881 5.879 4.750 2.358

Fox and CBS tied for the night with adults 18-49 and Fringe was steady versus last week with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating last night.  At 8pm Kitchen Nightmares scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.7.

The Defenders and CSI: NY each slipped a tenth to 1.2 and 1.7 adults 18-49 ratings respectively.  But Blue Bloods was up two tenth to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Supernatural and Smallville were steady versus last week with each pulling a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Fringe's number was at the lower end of what Fox's Kevin Reilly has said would be acceptable for a Friday.  Barring further drops,  a lot of people will be on pins and needles until May.

Though Smallville and Supernatural each averaged out to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, the half hour data was a little different (1.0, 1.1 for Smallville, 1.0, 0.9 for Supernatural).  Though Blue Bloods averaged a higher 1.7 rating (half hour = 1.8, 1.6), the half hour data for CSI: NY was the same only in reverse. (1.6, 1.8).  Fringe was a 1.5 for both half hours.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, February 25, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6/5 3.72
CBS The Defenders 1.2/4 8.72
NBC Who Do You Think You Are 1.2/4 6.15
ABC Supernanny 1.0/3 4.04
CW Smallville 1.0/4 2.55
9:00 CBS CSI: NY 1.7/5 10.83
FOX Fringe 1.5/5 4.04
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3/4 5.62
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do 1.3/4 4.67
CW Supernatural 1.0/3 2.17
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.7/5 11.58
NBC Dateline NBC 1.5/5 5.87
ABC 20/20 1.5/5 5.54


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