TV Ratings Friday: 'Kitchen Nightmares' Tops Night; 'Supernatural' Ends Down; Flashpoint Tumbles; Friday Night Lights Edges Up

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May 21st, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/6 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 3.666 4.535 4.649 6.325 2.138

Fox won the night with adults 18-49 as the 8p original Kitchen Nightmares topped all programming on the night with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.  The rerun at 9pm didn't fare badly either, scoring a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC was second for the night led by its unscripted fare.

NBC was third on the night with a mix of scripted and unscripted fare.  Friday Night Lights was up a tenth from last week's final numbers and up two tenths from last week's preliminaries to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Its possible local preemptions played a role.

CBS was fourth for the night with adults 18-49, though it was tops in total viewers. With no other scripted originals behind it, Flashpoint tumbled 31%  from last week to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

The two hour season finale of Supernatural finished with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating,  down 20% versus its last original one hour episode two weeks ago.  Supernatural was preempted in Chicago for the first Cubs game in Fenway Park in over 90 years.  Presumably this should've have inflated the local numbers in Chicago since in the preliminary numbers viewing of the Cubs/Red Sox game is included below from 8-10p for Supernatural.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 20, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.6/6 3.84
ABC Shark Tank (R) 1.1/4 4.15
CBS Flashpoint 0.9/3 6.68
NBC Friday Night Lights 0.9/3 3.31
CW Supernatural (Season Finale) 0.8/3 2.06
9:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares (R) 1.4/8 3.49
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do 1.3/4 3.94
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.1/4 7.08
NBC Dateline 1.0/3 4.73
CW Supernatural (Season Finale) 0.8/3 2.21
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.5/5 5.52
NBC Dateline 1.3/4 5.91
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.0/3 5.21


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

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