For Pete’s sake, Fringe upticked a bit after being benched for two weeks straight. The Fox sci-fier returned to 3.3 million total viewers while scoring a 1.3 demo rating, up 4 and 8 percent from its last original episode.
Time slot rival Grimm (5.92 mil/1.8), meanwhile, dipped 10 and 14 percent from its solid premiere, yet outdrew Fringe in total viewers and won the 9 o’clock hour in the demo.
The news for Chuck, alas, was unarguably unfortunate. With 3.1 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, the spy comedy in the second week of its final, 13-episode season dropped 10 and 20 percent, hitting a new all-time low in the demo.
Elsewhere on the night….
8 pm | CBS’ Gifted Man (8.4 million viewers, 1.2 rating) held steady versus its last fresh episode and led the hour in total audience. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, averaging 5.1 mil/1.3 across both hours, surged some 30 percent from last week’s World Series-impaired outing. Kitchen Nightmares (3.7 mil/1.5) inched up 7 percent. Nikita (1.8 mil/0.6) drew a handful more eyeballs but was flat in the demo.
9 pm | CSI: NY (9.65 mil/1.6) led the hour in total viewers and placed second in the demo, though down 10 percent from its last fresh eppy. Behind Grimm, EM: HE and Fringe, Supernatural was rock-steady at 1.72 mil/0.7.
10 pm | Blue Bloods was Friday’s most-watched program and drew the best demo rating, with 12.56 million total viewers and a 2.1 (up 15 and 24 percent, respectively). In fact, CBS notes, Blue Bloods copped its largest audience and best 18-49 numbers since its September 2010 series premiere, and hit an all-time high with the 25-54 crowd. Combined with A Gifted Man and CSI: NY, CBS in turn easily won the night on both counts
What did you watch live (or live-ish) this Friday night?