Ratings: CSI: NY Leads CBS' Friday Gainers, Chuck Rises, CW Shows Tick Up

People were very much in the mood for some fresh Friday TV fare, as all returning shows enjoyed gains ranging from minor to major.

Leading the pack for CBS’ winter premieres was CSI: NY, which with 10.53 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating enjoyed gains of 7 and 29 percent. Lead-in A Gifted Man was welcomed back by 8.52 mil and a 1.5 rating (up 6 and 15 percent), while Blue Bloods (11.2 mil/1.8) capped the Eye’s evening with a 13 percent bump in the demo.

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Over on The CW, Nikita (1.55 mil/0.6) and Supernatural (1.8 mil/0.8) were down a few eyeballs from their fall finales but each gained a tenth in the demo.

Even plucky Chuck (3.38 mil/1.0) was up 9 and 25 percent. [Side note: I said my “goodbyes” to Yvonne Strahovski last night at NBC’s TCA soiree — as well as got some curious teases about the series finale which I will share at some point.]

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While Blue Bloods, as is typical, topped Friday in total viewers, preliminary numbers indicate that Fox’s coverage of the Cotton Bowl (7.8 million viewers/2.2 rating) drew the night’s best demos.

What did you watch live or live-ish this Friday?