TV Ratings Friday: 'Dateline' Leads NBC Win; 'Friday Night Lights' Steady, 'Flashpoint' Rises

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June 4th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.46 6.60 3.39 2.70 1.20

NBC topped the adults 18-49 ratings (pending Univision ratings, unavailable to us at this time), as  Friday Night Lights' 0.8 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week. Followed by 2 hours of Dateline NBC which drew a Friday leading 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, and was up 20% vs. last week.

ABC's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution moving to Friday's for the summer after its regular season exile drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS's Flashpoint scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths from its last new episode two weeks ago.

Bonus late night ratings below primetime ratings.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, June 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millons)
8:00 CBS Flashpoint 1.1 4 6.70
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 3.89
FOX Bones -R 0.9 4 3.01
NBC Friday Night Lights 0.8 3 2.89
CW Smallville -R 0.4 1 1.11
9:00 NBC Dateline NBC (9-11) 1.2 4 5.25
CBS CSI:NY -R 1.0 4 6.60
ABC Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution 0.8 3 2.40
FOX Lie To Me -R 0.8 3 2.39
CW Supernatural -R 0.5 2 1.29
10:00 ABC 20/20 -R? 1.1 3 3.90
CBS Blue Bloods -R 1.0 3 6.45

Late night ratings via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore ; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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