TV Ratings Friday: 'Smallville,' 'Blue Bloods,' 'Shark Tank' Finales Rise; 'CSI:NY' Finale Ties Season Low

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May 14th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.3/5 1.1/4
Total Viewers (million) 9.712 3.462 4.362 2.972 4.773

CBS topped Friday's adults 18-49 ratings as Flashpoint's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating was up 18% vs. last week. The season finale of CSI:NY fell a tenth to a 1.5 rating tieing a season low, and the season finale of Blue Bloods rose 13% to a 1.7 rating.

The two hour Smallville series finale rose 63% from last week's one hour episode, and its 1.3 adults 18-49 rating tied a season high. Our polled readers turned out to be overly optimistic.

ABC's Shark Tank season finale drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week. Following it, Primetime: What Would You Do? scored a 1.2 rating, even with last week, and 20/20 also had a 1.2 rating, down 29% from last week (Royal Wedding hangover?)

NBC's Friday Night Lights 0.7 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth from last week. From 9-11, Dateline NBC's 1.3 rating fell 19% vs. last week (more Royal Wedding hangover?)

Fox's new 8pm Kitchen Nightmares drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 13, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.5 6 3.493
CBS FLASHPOINT 1.3 5 7.193
ABC Shark Tank 1.3 5 4.973
CW Smallville 1.2 5 2.813
8:30 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6 6 3.886
CBS FLASHPOINT 1.4 5 7.821
ABC Shark Tank 1.4 5 5.028
CW Smallville 1.2 4 2.799
9:00 CBS CSI:  NY 1.5 5 9.942
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R 1.4 5 3.297
CW Smallville 1.3 4 2.928
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.1 4 4.935
9:30 CBS CSI:  NY 1.6 5 10.491
CW Smallville 1.5 5 3.347
FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R 1.3 4 3.171
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.2 4 5.589
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods 1.8 5 11.438
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.4 4 6.201
ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4.375
10:30 CBS Blue Bloods 1.7 5 11.387
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.5 5 6.317
ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.375


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

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