Friday Ratings: Genre Fare Takes a Hit, While CBS Wins the Night

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On a night theoretically dominated by genre-TV offerings, it was, as is tradition, CBS that topped the demos and viewership on this first big Friday of Fall TV.

The Eye kicked off the night with the series debut of A Gifted Man, which with 9.3 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating drew a bigger crowd but the same demo as Medium did here a year ago.

CSI: NY followed with 10.7 mil and a 1.8 (dipping 10 percent in the demo from its previous opener), then Blue Bloods closed the night as Friday’s most-watched program, copping 11.8 mil while scoring a 2.0 rating (down a smidge from its 2010 premiere).

Elsewhere… the results were not out-of-this-world.

The CW’s Nikita christened its new Friday home with 1.88 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, which is down only a bit from its May finale but barely half of what the series spied with its year-ago (Thursday) premiere. Also, versus what Smallville did in the Fridays-at-8 slot last September, Nik was down 35 and 54 percent.

Leading out of that, Supernatural started its season with 1.95 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, which was down sharply from its Season 6 opener yet on par with its May finale numbers.

Fringe‘s numbers, lastly, live in two worlds: Returning to 3.53 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, there is one universe where the show was down 30 percent from its year-ago premiere. Yet in another universe, those numbers represent increases of 7 and 25 percent from where it left off with its May finale.

What were you tuned into this Friday night? Still to make their debuts: NBC’s Chuck and Grimm, which premiere Oct. 21.



Comments (116)

  • agree on almost all points. And I definitely agree on a death with integrity, rather than a knee-jerk pulling the plug, when fans aren’t looking. I would LIKE to think Fox resects ( and maybe fears) fringe fans enough to play well. Firefly, dollhouse and sarah conner, and other genre shows were not handled well and Fox felt the fullwrath of dedicated fans! go team!

    Anyway- yes Fringe seems to be hitting a stride and growing with originality and solid writing. Actors have grown into their characters and writers have filled the characters out, richly and with complexity. solid premise, good writing, good actors, and get the creators/execs out of the micromanaging way- recipe for success.

    the one BIG flaw in the future of Fringe. Supernatural. WHY WHY WHY… put the two best genre shows- right up against each other. This is like ratings-survivor. Only one survives. This creates the sure demise of genre shows. They should put a genre show up against something that sci fi fans would not watch. period. the networks are now competing for a limited number of eyeballs.

    Now- in a perfect world- Fringe would catch on like LOST, or BSG ( oh, how I mourn the endings of those two brilliant shows:).. in which case, the future is assured. BSG was a 10:00 time slot if I recall. What time slot was LOST? anyone? Would Fringe fare better at the later time? I wonder?

    One thing is sure- networks ARE slowly starting to factor in fan loyalty, as much as quantity. I believe Fringe also has some more prevalent product placement, which may offset their production costs. Ford Focus anyone? :)

    I really enjoy my Friday night lineup now: Fringe, and haven, with Supernatural scrunched in there. I also checked out a gifted Man- CBS’s attempt to carry on the ghost whisperer, Medium tradition. it is the 8:00 slot. I wrote a review, and wonder where they will go with it. Potential, but then- network TV doesn’t do edgy, not well.

    Comment by Teri – September 25, 2011 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So true… Haven is great–Fringe you have to keep up with and I always DVR it, great show & I too thought A Gifted Man was great, why don’t they take a chance & go edgy?? I so enjoyed The Playboy Club, some thought it was inappropriate for some younger viewing audience–They see more on the beaches!!

      Comment by Ali – September 25, 2011 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They always take the good shows off… Like Justified–Chase–Human Target… You get into a show and it doesn’t come back. That’s why I rent so many Netflix movies… Giving up on TV shows…

    Comment by Ali – September 25, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Justified is still on the air. It’s inbetween seasons right now though.

      Comment by Dave – September 26, 2011 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Fringe. Period, end of sentence. I would rather watch a week of Fringe than one of other programs.

    Comment by Dijea – September 25, 2011 06:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched CSI:NY and my husband watched BLUE BLOODS. We were very satisfied. My very favorite show is on FOX and it is [H]OUSE. :)

    Comment by mandy – September 25, 2011 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • who else has Smallville withdrawals……..i pulled out the DVD collection and started from episode 1…………….REALLY MISS THAT SHOW…..

    Comment by jeff ceragno – September 26, 2011 02:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you are a fan of Supernatural and are not used to the low raitings yet you shouldn’t call yourself a fan of the show. This show is watched worldwide on live internet streams (lots of peeps stay up at 2-3-4 in the morning to watch it PLUS the casual megaupload on the next day) just as much as there are viewers in the US (plus us Canadians who are watching the show on channels such as CHCH or Metro).
    And the show has had lower raitings than that and did get renewed before or what not, so these are just little numbers maybe, but we know differently and we know that there are way more fans of the show watching it than the 1.something million in the US.

    Comment by Julie – September 26, 2011 04:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And before the pitch forks come my way, I was just kidding in the first line (but truly the numbers are just numbers)

      Comment by Julie – September 26, 2011 06:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GIFTED MAN seems so dull in its debut but I hope that after the end of the season I’m begging that CBS planned to cancel CSI: NY after eight seasons ’cause they continue to picked up more crime dramas throughout the years they been through. Said enough is enough and CBS stands for “cancel but serious” and it may become “america’s most hated network”.

    Comment by kevin – September 26, 2011 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s coz Fringe is a horrible show, it has been from day 1. Just cut the cord already, put something worth watching on the time slot please Fox.

    Comment by jj – September 26, 2011 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watched Nikita, CSI NY, Blue Bloods, record A Gifted Man. All three I watched last Friday were terrific openers! Haven’t watched Gifted Man yet.

    Comment by carolfd – September 26, 2011 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring Misha Collins’s and his Castiel back to “Supernatural.” That will improve the show’s ratings. Also, ditch the Leviathan. So far, they’ve proven to be totally boring.

    Comment by Deborah – October 5, 2011 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Nikita” must be renewed.
    Absolutely!
    This is one of my favourite shows and They can’t just to cancel it.

    Actually I don’t know which of the show’s throw away.

    Comment by Alexiss – April 3, 2012 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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