CSI: NY topped this Friday in total audience with 9.66 million viewers, up a tick from its previous 9 pm outing. And even with a season low 1.5 rating, the CBS procedural enjoyed the second-“best” demos of the night (behind the two-hour 20/20‘s giant, whopping 1.6).
The Eye’s transplanted The Defenders was Friday’s No. 2 most watched program with 7.9 million viewers, yet hit an all-time low rating of 1.2.
Elsewhere: While Smallville held steady-ish with 2.33 million viewers and a 0.9 rating, other genre fare wasn’t so lucky. Fringe — which just weeks ago was topping Friday night in the demos — dropped 13 percent in both the 18-49 demo (to a 1.4) and total viewers (3.7 mil).
Similarly, Supernatural, with 1.96 million viewers and a 0.9 rating, was down 15 and 10 percent, respectively.
All together now, let’s blame Bieber!