Updated TV Ratings Friday: "Fringe," "Kitchen Nightmares" Fall; "Supernanny" Series Finale Rises

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March 19th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 * 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) * 3.738 4.771 6.131 1.402

Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Fringe fell two tenths of an adults 18-49 ratings point (13%) vs. last week to a series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating on Friday night. Was it NCAA Basketball, Daylight Saving Time, or both? Earlier in the evening, Kitchen Nightmares also slipped two tenths vs. last week, to a 1.5 rating.

A note on adults 18-49 viewership, from 8-9 last night it was 10% less overall than last Friday, from 9-10 it was 5% less overall, and from 10-11pm it was 4% less.

Although we'll have to wait for the final ratings (available Monday) to be certain, it's likely that CBS topped the night with adults 18-49 with the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament games. Everyone wondering why those NCAA Basketball ratings seem low, remember that for the first time ever CBS is splitting the games with TNT, TBS and truTV, so unlike past years everyone isn't watching CBS. Don't weep for CBS though, they're financially better off sharing the rights fees with Turner, and the NCAA Basketball tournament is, so far, well up vs. last year in combined ratings.

On ABC, the series finale of Supernanny tickedup a tenth of a ratings point vs. last week to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Primetime: What Would You Do? was also up a tenth from the "regular" Primetime last week to a 1.5 rating. At 10pm, 20/20 scored a 1.4 rating, down 12% vs. last week.

NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? drew a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, and a 2 hour Dateline: NBC fell 18% vs. last week to a 1.4 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, March 18, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5 6 3.607
CBS 2011 NCAA Basketball 1.4 6 4.753
ABC Supernanny 0.9 4 4.293
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? -R 0.8 3 4.270
CW Smallville - R 0.6 2 1.491
8:30 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6 6 3.742
CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 1.5 6 4.799
ABC Supernanny 1.1 4 4.705
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? -R 0.9 3 4.381
CW Smallville - R 0.6 2 1.469
9:00 CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 1.8 6 5.517
ABC PRIMETIME:  What Would You Do? 1.4 5 4.786
FOX Fringe 1.4 5 3.908
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.2 4 5.971
CW Supernatural - R 0.5 2 1.345
9:30 ABC PRIMETIME:  What Would You Do? 1.6 5 5.218
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 5 6.990
CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 1.4 5 4.058
FOX Fringe 1.3 4 3.694
CW Supernatural - R 0.5 2 1.302
10:00 CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 1.5 5 4.160
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 5 7.479
ABC 20/20 1.4 5 4.964
10:30 NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.5 5 7.696
CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 1.5 5 3.831
ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4.659


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

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