TV Ratings Friday: 20/20 Tops Night as ABC Ties CBS; 'Nikita,' 'CSI: NY' Up; 'Supernatural,' 'Blue Bloods' Down

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October 22nd, 2011

Scoreboard CBS ABC Uni NBC FOX CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.2 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.043 6.246 3.081 3.316 2.594 1.775

CBS and ABC tied with the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic, though CBS of course still led the night in total viewers.

The results for the Friday premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition were mixed. The 8pm hour lagged with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, but it shot up to a 1.7 in the 9pm hour to combine for a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating for both hours. At 10pm 20/20 had a night-topping 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS's A Gifted Man was steady at another 1.2 adults 18-49 rating and CSI: NY was up a tenth from last week to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. But at 10pm, Blue Bloods was down a tenth from last week to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox's Kitchen Nightmares was steady with another 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Fringe repeat drew a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's Dateline was way down from last week, dropping .5 for the two hours to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

CW's Nikita inched up a tenth with adults 18-49 to a 0.6 rating.  At 9pm, despite Fringe being a repeat, Supernatural was down a tenth to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Note that last week Supernatural was adjusted up a tenth in the final numbers, and Nikita down a tenth, so check back on Monday.

Enjoy the calm before next week's storm.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 21, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.4/5 3.46
CBS A Gifted Man 1.2/5 8.65
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 1.1/4 5.09
NBC The Office (R) 0.6/2 2.11
CW Nikita 0.6/2 1.73
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.6/2 1.68
9:00 CBS CSI: NY 1.8/6 10.70
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 1.7/5 6.05
NBC Dateline 1.0/3 4.15
CW Supernatural 0.7/2 1.82
FOX Fringe (R) 0.5/2 1.73
10:00 ABC 20/20 2.1/6 7.61
CBS Blue Bloods 1.7/5 10.78
NBC Dateline 1.0/3 3.90


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