TV ratings: CBS leads Friday; 'Fringe,' 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural' all off

csi-ny-nov-12.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

CBS led all three hours of primetime in viewers en route to a ratings win Friday night, while the premiere of "Who Do You Think You Are?" on NBC put up decent numbers. "Fringe" fell off some from its first two Friday outings, though, and The CW's "Smallville" and "Supernatural," while even with their last original episodes in December, were both off their season averages a little.

CBS scored 9.2 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/9 share in households for the night, beating NBC (8.2 million, 5.3/9) for the lead. ABC (5 million, 3.2/6) came in third. FOX took fourth with 4.15 million viewers and a 2.4/4, while The CW brought in 2.3 million people and a 1.4/2.

There was a three-way tie for the lead among adults 18-49: CBS, FOX and NBC all averaged a 1.7 rating in the demographic. ABC drew a 1.2 and The CW a 1.0.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"The Defenders" (8.65 million viewers, 5.4/9 households)
NBC: "Who Do You Think You Are?" season premiere (7.3 million, 4.5/8)
ABC: "Supernanny" (4.2 million, 2.6/5)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (4 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: "Smallville" (2.4 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.7)

9 p.m.

CBS:
Special - "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" (9.55 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: "Dateline" (8 million, 5.3/9)
ABC: "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.6 million, 2.9/5)
FOX: "Fringe" (4.3 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "Supernatural" (2.3 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" (2.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" (9.3 million, 5.6/10)
NBC: "Dateline" (9.25 million, 6.1/11)
ABC: "A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death" (6.2 million, 4.1/7)

18-49 leader: "Dateline" (2.1)

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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