Updated TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Rises; 'Smallville,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Shark Tank' Fall; 'Supernatural,' 'CSI:NY' Steady

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April 30th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.7/6 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.182 5.991 3.393 4.241 1.939

CBS topped the night's adults 18-49 ratings, while the three Royal Wedding themed specials averaged a cumulative 20 million viewers.

Fringe rose a tenth of a point vs. last Friday to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating on Friday night. Earlier, Kitchen Nightmares drew a 1.3 rating, down 19% vs. two weeks ago.

CBS's Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty special drew a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Following it CSI:NY's 1.7 rating was even with its last new episode. At 10pm, Blue Bloods' 1.6 rating was even with its last new episode.

ABC's Shark Tank fell 14% vs. last Friday to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Following it from 9-11, 20/20's Royal Wedding special drew a 1.5 rating.

CW's Smallville dipped 20% vs. last week to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, while Supernatural's 0.9 rating was even with last Friday.

NBC's Friday Night Lights plunged 33% to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. From 9-11pm, a Royal Wedding themed Dateline drew a 1.2 rating, down a tenth from last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, April 29, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS THE ROYAL WEDDING:  MODER 1.7 6 8.414
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.3 5 3.252
ABC Shark Tank 1.1 4 4.491
CW Smallville 0.7 3 1.900
8:30 CBS THE ROYAL WEDDING:  MODER 1.7 6 8.757
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.3 5 3.332
ABC Shark Tank 1.2 4 4.682
CW Smallville 0.8 3 1.982
9:00 CBS CSI:  NY 1.7 6 9.069
ABC A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20 1.4 5 6.442
FOX Fringe 1.3 4 3.613
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.1 4 4.560
CW Supernatural 0.9 3 1.962
9:30 CBS CSI:  NY 1.7 5 9.321
ABC A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20 1.6 5 6.857
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.2 4 5.025
FOX Fringe 1.2 4 3.376
CW Supernatural 0.8 3 1.912
10:00 ABC A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20 1.7 5 7.187
CBS Blue Bloods 1.6 5 9.749
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.3 4 4.560
10:30 CBS Blue Bloods 1.6 5 9.782
ABC A SPECIAL EDITION OF 20/20 1.5 5 6.287
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 4 5.317


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

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