Ratings: The Mentalist (Try-Out?) Leads CBS To a Bigger Friday Win

This week’s second fresh helping of The Mentalist helped boost CBS’ Friday numbers, delivering 11.83 million total viewers — the night’s largest haul — while scoring a 2.0 demo rating.

Now while those tallies mark drops of 15 and 29 percent from The Mentalist‘s regularly scheduled Thursday broadcast, they also represent improvements of 13 and 18 percent versus the last fresh CSI: NY, and 22 and 33 percent compared to what A Gifted Man last did in the Fridays-at-9 slot.

As speculated by our sister site Deadline, CBS maybe, just maybe, might be test-driving the Simon Baker vehicle for a new fall home, should it want to schedule another show for Thursdays-at-10, where the competition has gotten a bit soft. (Deadline’s Nellie also proposes that CBS is mulling a second hour of Thursday comedies.)  Would you follow The Mentalist to Fridays?

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Leading off the night for CBS, Undercover Boss (10 mil/2.2) saw gains of 5 and 10 percent, leading Friday in the demo. Blue Bloods capped the Eye’s strong evening with an audience of 11.3 mil and a 1.8 rating (up a tenth).

All told, CBS more than doubled the closest competition in total viewers, while besting No. 2 ABC some 50 percent in the average demo.

Elsewhere on Friday:

* Opposite CBS’ Boss, Shark Tank (5.4 mil/1.5) dipped a few percentage points, while Who Do You Think You Are? (5 mil/1.0) plunged 30 percent from last week’s Reba McEntire tree-climb.

* Facing a more formidable CBS rival — yet with genre-TV peers Fringe and Supernatural still riding the pine — Grimm (5.15 mil/1.5) dipped a tenth in the demo.

What were you watching this Friday?