TV Ratings Friday: 'CSI: NY,' 'Blue Bloods' Up; 'Fringe,' 'The Defenders' Steady

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March 12th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.8/6 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.4/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.605 3.946 5.809 4.745 1.441

CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers on a Friday though there might have been some local preemptions for college basketball tournaments that could cause adjustments in the finals.

In its season (and likely series) finale, CBS's The Defenders was steady versus last week with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  CSI: NY was up 18% from its last original to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and Blue Bloods was up 11% to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox was second with adults 18-49 for the night as Kitchen Nightmares won the hour with a 1.7 rating. Fringe was steady with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC and ABC tied for third with adults 18-49 for the night with a mix of unscripted programming and news coverage in the aftermath of the major earthquake off the coast of Japan.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 11, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.7/6 4.13
CBS The Defenders (Season Finale) 1.5/5 9.03
ABC Supernanny 1.1/4 4.01
NBC Who Do You Think You Are 0.9/3 3.94
CW Smallville (R) 0.5/2 1.56
9:00 CBS CSI: NY 2.0/6 11.04
FOX Fringe 1.5/5 3.76
NBC Dateline NBC 1.4/5 6.38
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do 1.4/4 4.35
CW Supernatural (R) 0.5/2 1.32
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.9/6 11.75
NBC Dateline NBC 1.9/6 7.14
ABC 20/20 1.6/5 5.88


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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