Ratings: Fringe Steady, CBS Tops Night; Plus: Did The Defenders Argue a Case for Renewal?

Fox’s Fringe this Friday held steady in the demos (with a 1.5 rating) but dipped a smidgen in total viewers (to 3.76 million), as time slot rival CSI: NY topped the 9 o’clock hour in both measures. CBS’ long-running crime drama in fact led the night with a 2.0 demo rating (up 17 percent from its last fresh ep), while inching up to 11 million total viewers.

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CBS as a whole won Friday with the coveted 18-49 crowd, while Blue Bloods as usual was tops in total viewers (drawing 11.75 million). But The Defenders wrapped up its freshman run by merely “holding steady” with a 1.5 rating (placing second behind Kitchen Nightmares), and drawing 9 million total viewers. How might that affect its “long shot” status on TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard?

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What did you watch live this Friday? And what awaits you on your DVR?