The Eye network started crowning the competition at 8 o’clock with a Royal Wedding special that courted 8.6 million viewers and scored a 1.7 demo rating. CSI: NY then built on that audience (drawing 9.2 mil) and matched the demo, gaining 6 percent from its last outing.
Blue Bloods — which, like CSI: NY, is technically a bubble show — sewed up CBS’ pair of Ws by delivering the night’s largest audience (9.8 million viewers) and a 1.6 rating (up 7 percent).
Elsewhere this Friday:
* In the 8 o’clock hour, Friday Night Lights (3 million viewers/0.6 rating) plunged 33 percent in the demo, while Smallville (1.94 mil/0.8) dropped 20 percent.
* This season’s penultimate episode of Fringe (3.5 mil/1.3) rebounded from last week’s series low by gaining 8 percent in the demo. The recently renewed Supernatural held steady at 1.94 mil/0.9.
What were you watching this Friday night? Did you stay royally flushed by checking out any of the CBS, 20/20 or Dateline specials?