Updated TV Ratings Friday: "Fringe" Rebounds, "Shark Tank's" Mark Cuban Still Can't Beat The Donald

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March 26th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 * 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) * 7.590 3.975 4.771 1.295

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.

A night after its season four renewal announcement, Fringe bounced back to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths (15%) from its series low 1.3 rating last week (or was it a 1.4 rating?). Was the rebound driven by the renewal announcement? At 8pm, Kitchen Nightmares' 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth from last week.

The return of ABC's Shark Tank scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Poor (euphemistically) Mark Cuban, still can't beat The Donald's TV ratings. Primetime: What Would You Do? had a 1.3 rating, down two tenths (13%) vs. last week. Finishing the night, 20/20's 1.4 rating was up a tenth from last week.

NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from its last new episode 3 weeks ago. From 9-11, Dateline NBC's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating was up four tenths (29%) vs. last week.

It seems certain that CBS will top the night's 18-49 rating with its NCAA Men's Basketball tournament coverage, but I'd caution you to ignore their fast affiliate ratings. The final ratings for Friday, available Monday, will show their actual ratings.

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

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS 2011 NCAA Basketball 2.0 8 6.358
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5 6 3.986
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.2 5 6.355
ABC Shark Tank 1.2 5 4.996
CW Smallville - R 0.5 2 1.445
8:30 CBS 2011 NCAA Basketball 2.1 7 6.987
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6 6 4.146
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.3 5 6.746
ABC Shark Tank 1.2 4 4.659
CW Smallville - R 0.6 2 1.502
9:00 CBS 2011 NCAA Basketball 2.3 7 7.042
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.6 5 7.482
FOX Fringe 1.5 5 3.853
ABC PRIMETIME:  What Would You Do? 1.3 4 4.445
CW Supernatural - R 0.5 2 1.145
9:30 CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 2.6 8 7.843
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.8 6 8.499
ABC PRIMETIME:  What Would You Do? 1.4 4 4.457
FOX Fringe 1.4 5 3.912
CW Supernatural - R 0.4 1 1.089
10:00 CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 3.5 11 10.142
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.7 5 7.871
ABC 20/20 1.4 4 4.803
10:30 CBS 2011 NCAA BASKETBALL 3.5 11 9.783
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.9 6 8.588
ABC 20/20 1.5 5 5.269


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

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