TV ratings: CBS, NBC share Friday victory

miami-medical-golden-hour.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, April 30, 2010

A typically quiet Friday in the Nielsen ratings turned into a battle between CBS and NBC, with CBS grabbing a win in viewers and NBC holding off its rival in the adults 18-49 demographic.

CBS drew 6.5 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/8 share in households for the evening, a little better than NBC's 6.2 million and 4.2/8. ABC (3.8 million, 2.5/5) came in third. FOX (2.8 million, 1.8/3) was fourth, and The CW brought up the rear with 1.9 million viewers and a 1.3/2.

NBC led the 18-49 demo with a modest 1.5 rating, edging CBS' 1.4. ABC's 1.2 was good enough for third, followed by FOX, 0.9, and The CW, 0.7.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"Ghost Whisperer" (6.5 million viewers, 4.3/8 households)
NBC: "Who Do You Think You Are?" season finale (5.2 million, 3.5/7)
ABC: "Wife Swap" (3.4 million, 2.3/4)
FOX: "House" rerun (2.6 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "Smallville" (2.4 million, 1.6/3)

18-49 leader: "Ghost Whisperer" (1.5)

9 p.m.

"Medium" (6.3 million, 4.2/8)
NBC: "Dateline" (6.1 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Wife Swap" (3.7 million, 2.4/4)
FOX: "House" rerun (3 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "Medium" and "Dateline" tied at 1.4

10 p.m.

"Dateline" (7.3 million, 4.8/9)
CBS: "Miami Medical" (6.7 million, 4.4/8)
ABC: "20/20" (4.4 million, 2.9/5)

18-49 leader: "Dateline" (1.9)

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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