wedding ratings TV Ratings: Royal Wedding coverage wins for CBS, 'Friday Night Lights' slipsFast National ratings for Friday, April 29, 2011

CBS was on top
as usual and can send Prince William and Kate Middleton a nice wedding gift as a thank you. The Eye’s coverage of the Royal Wedding (8.6 million viewers) plus new episodes of “CSI: NY” and “Blue Bloods” helped them win the night.”  “Friday Night Lights”‘ viewership was down almost 800,000 from last week, while “Fringe” held steady with 3.5 million viewers.

CBS
averaged 9 9.1 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/7 share in households to
win the night. ABC was next with 5.9 million, 4.0/7, following by NBC
at 4.2 million, 2.7/5. FOX was fourth at 3.2 million, 2.1/4 and the CW
put up a solid 1.9 million, 1.2/2.

In the 18-49 demo, CBS lead the pack with a 1.7. ABC came in second with a 1.4 followed closely by FOX with a 1.3. NBC earned a 1.0 and The CW was at 0.8.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty” (8.6 million viewers, 4.5/9 households)
ABC: “Shark Tank” (4.5 million, 2.9/5)
FOX: “Kitchen Nightmares” (3.3 million, 2.1/4)
NBC: “Friday Night Lights” (3.0 million, 2.0/4)
The CW: “Smallville” (1.94 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: “The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty” (1.7)

9 p.m.

CBS: “CSI: NY” (9.2 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: “20/20” (6.6 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: “Dateline” (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: “Fringe” (3.5 million, 2.1/4)
The CW: “Supernatural” (1.93 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: “CSI: NY” (1.7)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Blue Bloods” (9.7 million, 6.3/11)
ABC: “20/20” (6.8 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: “Dateline” (4.9 million, 3.2/6)

18-49 leader: “20/20” and “Blue Bloods” (1.6)

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

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