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

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.