Ratings: A Good Friday for Most Shows

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It was a very good Friday, ratings-wise, for most scripted shows this week.

In terms of percentage gains, Supernatural led the pack with a 15 percent bump in total viewers (scaring up 2.26 million of ‘em) and a 24 percent surge in the demo, hitting a solid 1.0. Also in the 9 o’clock hour, Fringe (4.06 mil/1.5) thumbed its nose at that nagging bubble by noting gains of 10 and 7 percent, respectively.

Supernatural First Look: Sam and Dean Morph Into Jared and Jensen

CBS’ The Defenders (8.52 mil/1.3) scored increases of 8 and 17 percent, while lead-out CSI: NY led its time period with 10.62 million viewers (up 10 percent) and a 1.8 rating (up 16 percent).

The Eye’s Blue Bloods (11.1 mil/1.6) returned to its Friday home as the night’s most watched program, yet with numbers down 10 and 30 percent from its most recent Wednesday test-drive.

The only scripted program to not net a week-to-week gain in total audience was Smallville, which with 2.2 million viewers dipped 5 percent.

Comments (22)

  • Smallville also increased in demos.

    Comment by Michael – February 19, 2011 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t Supernatural go down a lot in the second half-hour? That’s not good.

    Comment by tonya – February 19, 2011 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, the drops were marginal. SPN went down from 1.1 to 1.0 (SV went from 0.9 to 1.0) and lost only 70k viewers, going down from 2.29 to 2.22 which is nothing, really.

      Comment by timotey – February 19, 2011 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly, I don’t get why “a solid 2.26″ it’s somehow better than Fringe’s 4.06 million viewers and 1.5 for the coveted 18-34 demographic.

      Comment by Fringe Fan – February 20, 2011 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No one is claiming that. For the CW achieving SPN’s achieving solid 1.0′s in adults 18-49 and 18-34 is very good news. Second, The CW has different standards for success than Fox. For the CW getting anything 1.0 or higher in A18-49 is fantastic. Third, Fringe got 1.5 in A18-49, which would be fantastic if the show was on The CW and 1.2 in A18-34 which is still good or at least ok for Fridays.

        Let’s celebrate that SPN and Fringe don’t seem to pulling Live + SD viewers from each other – on average – since SPN’s return and Fringe faced “new” competition. Both shows are co-existing nicely at the moment. ;)

        Comment by DT – February 20, 2011 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When will we know for sure if Fringe gets another season? This waiting is killing me!

    Comment by Mcat – February 19, 2011 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Probably not until May 16th at FOX’s upfront presentation in New York.

      Comment by kris – February 19, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • just as a reminder, Fringe is listed as a safe bet for renewal – for those following TVline’s scorecard.

      Comment by forrest – February 20, 2011 10:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay Supernatural!!! It is the best show on Friday nights.

    Comment by AlistairCrane – February 19, 2011 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news for Supernatural. Now where is that official word on the renewal? I need a reason for a party:)

    Comment by Nat – February 19, 2011 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for SPN and Fringe!!!

    Comment by raelee514 – February 19, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PLEASE don’t cancel these shows after Smallville is gone I will need Supernatural and Fringe to carry on. Haha

    Comment by michael – February 19, 2011 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I feel the same way. :)

      Comment by Carrie Ann – February 19, 2011 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fans of Fringe have to keep watching it live on Friday nights to keep it going! Keep the show we love up and running!

    Comment by JohnDoe – February 19, 2011 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news for Fringe!!!!! I’m not worried about SPN; Dawnie will renew it. It’s not like she’s got anything else, right? ;)

    Comment by Michelle – February 19, 2011 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ostroff is working on a new show with karate-spy-cheerleaders RIGHT NOW. Should be ready by January 2012.

      Comment by Mikos – February 19, 2011 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good news for FRINGE! I’ve been pestering everyone I know to watch it, and watch it live.

    Comment by Cass – February 19, 2011 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for “Supernatural” and “Fringe”!! I love both shows and I really wish they weren’t on at the same time.

    Comment by Carrie Ann – February 19, 2011 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had been missing Fringe until I realized that in the TV no man’s land known as Mountain Time, it competes with Smallville. Sorry S-ville, but I’ll catch you online later this week. Loving Fringe!

    Comment by Dan – February 19, 2011 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was nice having “Blue Bloods” back on Friday night. My Wednesday is too full with other shows.

    Comment by peggy – February 19, 2011 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Supernatural rocks. I am a huge fan, and glad to see the ratings going up for SPN.

    Comment by Alicia – February 20, 2011 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Fringe. This week’s episode was a favorite of mine. Loved Walter and Peter/Our Olivia.

    Comment by Kelly – February 20, 2011 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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