CBS won the night with both viewers and adults 18-49 as all of its shows performed better than a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49.  Numb3rs hit a season high with adults 18-49, while Medium tied a season high.  Ghost Whisperer with a 2.2 adults 18-49 ratings was just a touch under its high (2.3) reached in its season premiere.

The news magazines were strong with a two hour Dateline that focused on the New Jersey father who regained custody of his nine year old son after an international custody battle.  20/20 episode was the top show of the night with adults 18-49 (not sure of the topic, sorry!)

Shark Tank’s return to ABC was uneventful.  ABC boasted that the show had the best 9pm Friday performance for ABC this season of any regular series programming but at a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and less than 4 million, they weren’t really boasting much.  Still, it did better than Supernanny with adults 18-49 and 18-34.

Ah Dollhouse.  It lost half the viewers a repeat of Bones had at 8pm and a good chunk of the 18-49 viewers too.   Only two more episodes to go…


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Shr Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 2.2/7 9.00
NBC Dateline 1.6/5 7.55
FOX Bones (R) 1.3/4 4.97
ABC Supernanny 1.2/4 4.26
CW Smallville x2 8p-10p (R) 0.6/2 1.52
9:00 NBC Dateline 2.2/7 10.35
CBS Medium 2.1/6 8.93
ABC Shark Tank 1.4/4 3.96
FOX Dollhouse 0.8/2 2.38
10:00 ABC 20/20 2.3/7 7.81
CBS Numb3rs 2.1/6 9.32
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4/4 5.78


Ratings data via Marc Berman’s PI forums.

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