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[05/28/11 - 09:05 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: Repeats Hand CBS Low-Key Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, may 27, 2011)

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

CBS (6.25 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) won the repeat race on Friday thanks to its mix of "Flashpoint" (5.89 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "CSI: NY" (6.42 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (6.46 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

NBC (3.99 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and FOX (3.78 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then split the silver as the latter offered up second runs of "Bones" (3.78 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and another "Bones" (3.77 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

The Peacock then offered up its combination of "Friday Night Lights" (2.91 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (4.53 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.92 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (2.96 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (2.36 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "20/20" (3.45 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

And finally, repeats of "Smallville" (1.18 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.00 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.09 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Friday Night Lights (-11.10%), Dateline NBC (-16.70%), 20/20 (-33.30%).

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

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Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/28/10):

NBC (4.64 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) moved into the top spot on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Friday Night Lights" (3.75 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Dateline NBC" (5.09 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

ABC (4.28 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "Wife Swap" (3.05 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by a new "20/20" (3.97 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and a second hour of "20/20" (5.67 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

Next up was CBS (3.99 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "Ghost Whisperer" (3.95 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Medium" (3.78 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "Miami Medical" (4.26 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.19 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) with the return of "Past Life" (2.32 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by an encore of "The Good Guys" (2.00 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Smallville" (1.22 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Supernatural" (0.97 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.09 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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