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[04/16/11 - 09:09 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Demos, CBS Is Most-Watched
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, april 15, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (4.90 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took the demo crown on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Shark Tank" (5.36 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.26 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "20/20" (5.09 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1).

FOX (3.72 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then snagged the silver with the return of "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.80 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Fringe" (3.63 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was NBC (4.97 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season premiere of "Friday Night Lights" (3.51 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.70 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.90 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up week three of "Chaos" (5.52 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) alongside repeats of "CSI: NY" (7.30 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) an d"Blue Bloods" (7.88 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, the return of "Smallville" (2.33 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Supernatural" (2.20 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) on The CW (2.27 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Shark Tank (25.00%), 20/20 (0.00%), Kitchen Nightmares (0.00% vs. 3/25/11), Dateline NBC (0.00%), Primetime: What Would You Do? (0.00%), Smallville (0.00%), Chaos (0.00%), Supernatural (-10.00%), Fringe (-13.30% vs. 3/25/11).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

Not yet available.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/16/10):

NBC (7.04 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) claimed the top spot on Friday thanks to its presentation of "Secrets of the Mountain" (7.87 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and a one-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.40 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Sharing the adults 18-49 gold was ABC (4.18 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with a repeat of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (3.00 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) followed by new episodes of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (4.09 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "20/20" (5.53 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

Next up was CBS (5.32 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "Ghost Whisperer" (4.43 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Medium" (4.76 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and a new "Miami Medical" (6.67 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.13 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up second runs of "House" (3.04 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.21 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

And finally, a new "Smallville" (1.84 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and a repeat of "America's Next Top Model" (1.56 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) on The CW (1.70 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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