TV Ratings Friday: CBS Tops Repeat Filled Night; 'Friday Night Lights' Dips

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May 28th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.25 3.99 3.78 2.92 1.09

CBS topped a very slow repeat filled Friday broadcast primetime Friday (although no Univision ratings available to us this morning, they could have topped the night).

Just two originals in broadcast primetime for the night:

NBC's Friday Night Lights' 0.8 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth from last week.

ABC's 20/20 was the only other new episode on the night, its 1.0/0.9 adults 18-49 rating was down sharply from last week's 1.5 rating.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 27, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS Flashpoint -R 0.9 4 5.730
FOX Bones -R 0.9 4 3.650
ABC Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution -R 0.8 3 3.290
NBC Friday Night Lights 0.8 3 2.990
CW Smallville -R 0.6 2 1.280
8:30 CBS Flashpoint -R 1.0 4 6.050
FOX Bones -R 1.0 4 3.900
NBC Friday Night Lights 0.8 3 2.820
ABC Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution -R 0.7 3 2.630
CW Smallville -R 0.5 2 1.080
9:00 CBS CSI:NY -R 1.0 4 6.260
FOX Bones -R 0.9 3 3.690
NBC Dateline NBC (9-11) -R 0.8 3 3.840
ABC Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution -R 0.7 3 2.270
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 2 0.979
9:30 CBS CSI:NY -R 1.0 3 6.570
FOX Bones -R 1.0 3 3.850
NBC Dateline NBC (9-11) -R 0.9 3 4.330
ABC Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution -R 0.8 3 2.440
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.030
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods -R 1.0 3 6.560
NBC Dateline NBC (9-11) -R 1.0 3 4.810
ABC 20/20 1.0 3 3.500
10:30 NBC Dateline NBC (9-11) -R 1.1 3 5.130
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.9 2 6.350
ABC 20/20 0.9 3 3.400


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

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