fringe group TV Ratings: 'Fringe' stays put, CBS improves slightly to win the night

Fast National ratings for Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

CBS had another good Friday, easily winning all three hours of network competition, while “Fringe” held tight to recent numbers in its new time slot.

CBS

scored 10.4 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/12 share in households for
the night, a healthy nudge from last week’s numbers. NBC came in second
with 5.9 million viewers and a 4.0/7, followed by ABC (4.75 million,
3.0/5),  FOX (3.8, 2.3/4) and the CW (2.4, 1.4/2).

CBS and FOX shared the lead among adults 18-49 with a 1.5 rating for each. ABC and NBC both followed with a 1.3, leaving the the CW in last with a 1.0.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Defenders” (8.7 million viewers, 5.4/10 households)
NBC: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (6.2 million, 4.1/7)
FOX: “Kitchen Nightmares” (3.7 million, 2.2/4)

ABC: “Supernanny” (4.0 million, 2.6/5)
The CW: “Smallville” (2.5 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: “Kitchen Nightmares” (1.6)

9 p.m.

CBS: “CSI: NY” (10.8 million, 6.8/12)
NBC: “Dateline” (5.6 million, 3.8/7)
ABC: “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (4.7 million, 2.9/5)
FOX: “Fringe” (4.0 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “Supernatural” (2.2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: “CSI: NY” (1.7)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Blue Bloods” (11.6 million, 7.4/13)
NBC: “Dateline” (5.9 million, 4.0/7)

ABC: “20/20″ (5.4 million, 3.6/7)

18-49 leader: “Blue Bloods” (1.7)

Ratings
information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.