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Updated TV Ratings Friday: 'Fringe' Down, But Better Than Return of 'Flashpoint;' 'CSI: NY,' 'Blue Bloods' Down; 'Kitchen Nightmares' Up; 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural' Steady'

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May 7th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 8.772 4.870 3.476 4.828 2.037

ABC, CBS and Fox tied for the adults 18-49 lead last night and CBS easily won the PR friendly total viewers crown.

As posted earlier, Fringe closed out its season down a tenth to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night Kitchen Nightmares was up 23% to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

The return of Flashpoint scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. CSI: NY was down two tenth to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and Blue Bloods also scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last Friday.  But it finished last in its timeslot, losing to the 10pm hour of Dateline (1.9 adults 18-49 rating) and 20/20 (1.7 adults 18-49 rating).

Friday Night Lights was up a tenth to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Shark Tank was steady with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Smallville and Supernatural were steady, with Supernatural tying for the lead with adults 18-34 (1.0) for its hour.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 6, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6/6 3.66
ABC Shark Tank 1.2/5 4.48
CBS Flashpoint 1.1/4 6.89
NBC Friday Night Lights 0.8/3 2.72
CW Smallville 0.8/3 2.00
9:00 CBS CSI: NY 1.5/5 9.31
NBC Dateline 1.4/4 5.20
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do 1.2/4 4.04
FOX Fringe 1.2/4 3.30
CW Supernatural 0.9/3 2.08
10:00 NBC Dateline 1.9/6 6.57
ABC 20/20 1.7/5 6.09
CBS Blue Bloods 1.5/4 10.12

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

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