TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Ties Series Low; 'Smallville,' 'Shark Tank' Up; 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Supernatural' Down

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April 16th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 4.90 3.72 4.97 6.90 2.27

After a three week new episode hiatus, Fox's Fringe fell a tenth of a point vs. its last new episode tieing its series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. But it's renewed, so no more suffering for fans, that's all reserved for Fox's ad revenue! Leading off the night for Fox, Kitchen Nightmares drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, even with its last new episode.

The surprise of the night was ABC's Shark Tank, up 25% to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Primetime: What Would You Do? drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. At 10pm, 20/20's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was also the same as last week. ABC topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings overall.

The return of Smallville for its final five new episodes was up a tenth of a point to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. At 9pm, Supernatural's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth from its last new episode.

The premiere of the final season of Friday Night Lights drew just a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 25% from last season's May 7 premiere. That tied CBS laggard Chaos (the only new CBS show on the night) for the bottom of the ratings ranks in the 8pm hour. Our polled readers experienced mixed results. Following FNL, Dateline NBC drew a 1.2 rating in the 9pm hour and a 1.5 rating in the 10pm hour.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 15, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5 6 3.716
ABC Shark Tank 1.4 5 5.076
CBS CHAOS 0.9 4 5.599
CW Smallville 0.9 3 2.233
8:30 ABC Shark Tank 1.7 6 5.643
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6 5 3.895
CW Smallville 1.0 4 2.437
CBS CHAOS 0.9 3 5.450
9:00 ABC PRIMETIME:  WHAT WOULD YO 1.4 5 4.390
FOX Fringe 1.4 4 3.697
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.1 4 4.923
CBS CSI:  NY - R 1.0 3 6.934
CW Supernatural 0.9 3 2.289
9:30 NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 4 5.929
FOX Fringe 1.3 4 3.557
CBS CSI:  NY - R 1.1 3 7.671
CW Supernatural 0.9 3 2.114
10:00 NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 4 5.789
ABC 20/20 1.4 4 4.766
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.1 3 7.961
10:30 ABC 20/20 1.6 5 5.407
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.5 5 6.147
CBS Blue Bloods - R 1.0 3 7.801


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

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