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[11/05/11 - 09:15 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Blue Bloods" Hits Season High for CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, november 4, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (10.17 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) reclaimed the top spot on Friday with new episodes of "A Gifted Man" (8.39 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "CSI: NY" (9.55 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and, with a season high, "Blue Bloods" (12.56 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

FOX (3.49 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver with fresh installments of "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.70 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Fringe" (3.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was NBC (4.38 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with week two of its lineup of "Chuck" (3.08 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Grimm" (5.92 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.14 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.04 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (4.86 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), another "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (5.40 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "20/20" (4.87 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Nikita" (1.80 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Supernatural" (1.72 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) on The CW (1.76 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+27.27% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 9:00
+23.53% - Blue Bloods (vs. 10/21/11)
+20.00% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 8:00
+8.33% - Fringe (vs. 10/14/11)
+7.14% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. 10/21/11)
0.00% - A Gifted Man (vs. 10/21/11)
0.00% - Nikita
0.00% - Supernatural
-7.69% - Dateline NBC
-8.33% - 20/20
-11.11% - CSI: NY (vs. 10/21/11)
-14.29% - Grimm
-20.00% - Chuck

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - Fringe (vs. The Good Guys)
+50.00% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. House (Repeat))
+38.46% - Grimm (vs. Dateline NBC)
+33.33% - Chuck (vs. School Pride)
+23.53% - Blue Bloods
0.00% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 8:00 (vs. Supernanny)
-7.69% - Dateline NBC
-17.65% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 9:00 (vs. Primetime: What Would You Do?)
-20.00% - CSI: NY
-20.00% - A Gifted Man (vs. Medium)
-31.25% - 20/20
-36.36% - Supernatural
-45.45% - Nikita (vs. Smallville)

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

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/6; 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," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

[NOTE: Today's numbers are courtesy of TVMediaInsights.com due to delays from our usual sources.]


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/5/10):

CBS (9.17 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) maintained the adults 18-49 crown on Friday with its usual mix of "Medium" (6.91 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "CSI: NY" (10.44 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.16 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

ABC (5.26 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then snagged the silver with the return of "Supernanny" (4.79 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) followed by new episodes of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (5.67 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and "20/20" (5.32 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was NBC (4.71 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with fresh installments of "School Pride" (2.26 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Dateline NBC" (5.93 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Sharing the bronze was The CW (2.52 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with new episodes of "Smallville" (2.61 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Supernatural" (2.42 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, a repeat of "House" (3.40 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) led into a new "The Good Guys" (2.72 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) on FOX (3.06 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): CSI: NY (11.10%), Medium (7.10%), Primetime: What Would You Do? (0.00%), 20/20 (0.00%), Dateline NBC (0.00%), Supernatural (0.00%), The Good Guys (0.00%), School Pride (0.00%), Blue Bloods (-5.60%), Smallville (-8.30%).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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