TV Ratings Friday: 'Chaos' Bombs; 'CSI:NY,' 'Blue Bloods' Return Down; 'Shark Tank' Steady

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April 2nd, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.126 5.337 5.976 2.410 1.259

CBS's Chaos premiere fell flat, drawing just a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, equalling CBS's new episode low for the season's 8pm Friday time period hit once each by The Defenders and Medium. Our polled readers seem to have nailed it. Update: It was the lowest premiere rating for any scripted show on the English broadcast networks this season, two tenths below Lone Star's premiere, and below both CW rookie premieres.

Returning from an NCAA basketball layoff, CSI:NY fell to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% vs. its last new episode 3 weeks ago. Blue Bloods, also back after a basketball layoff, fell 6% to a 1.7 rating.

CBS edged ABC in the adults 18-49 ratings on the night.

The other "publicity seeking rich guys show on TV" Shark Tank isn't close to beating Donald Trump, but its 1.2 adults 18-49 rating was at least even with last week. From 9-11pm, 20/20's 1.5 rating was up a tenth from last week's one hour 10pm telecast.

On NBC, Who Do You Think You Are? slipped a tenth of a point to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, and a two hour Dateline NBC drew a 1.3 rating down sharply (-28%) vs. last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 1, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 NBC WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? 1.2 5 5.936
ABC SHARK TANK 1.1 4 4.655
CBS CHAOS 1.0 4 6.523
CW SMALLVILLE - R 0.5 2 1.180
8:30 NBC WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? 1.3 4 6.075
ABC SHARK TANK 1.3 5 4.937
CBS CHAOS 1.1 4 6.344
CW SMALLVILLE - R 0.5 2 1.289
9:00 CBS CSI:  NY 1.6 5 9.756
NBC DATELINE:  NBC 1.2 4 5.480
ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.646
FOX FRINGE - R 0.7 2 2.076
CW SUPERNATURAL - R 0.6 2 1.421
9:30 CBS CSI:  NY 1.8 6 10.762
ABC 20/20 1.4 4 5.187
NBC DATELINE:  NBC 1.2 4 5.956
FOX FRINGE - R 0.6 2 1.859
CW SUPERNATURAL - R 0.4 1 1.146
10:00 CBS BLUE BLOODS 1.7 5 10.707
ABC 20/20 1.7 5 6.238
NBC DATELINE:  NBC 1.3 4 6.145
10:30 ABC 20/20 1.8 5 6.360
CBS BLUE BLOODS 1.7 5 10.663
NBC DATELINE:  NBC 1.4 4 6.262


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

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