gordon ramsay kitchen nightmares 320 TV ratings: 'Kitchen Nightmares,' 'CSI: NY,' news magazines lead FridayFast national ratings for Friday, May 6, 2011.

Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares” led early prime-time viewing, but as the night wore on ABC and NBC’s news magazines “20/20” and “Dateline” picked up viewers, as did “CSI: NY.”

CBS led the night in total viewers with 8.7 million, though the network tied with both ABC and NBC for a 1.4 rating/5 share in households. NBC’s “Dateline” pulled in a respectable audience at 10 p.m., beating out both ABC’s “20/20” (just slightly) and CBS’s “Blue Bloods.”

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “Kitchen Nightmares” (3.6 million viewers, 1.6/6 households)
CBS: “Flashpoint” (6.8 million viewers, 1.1/4 households)
ABC: “Shark Tank” (4.4 million viewers, 1.2/5 households)
NBC: “Friday Night Lights” (2.7 million viewers, 0.7/3 households)
The CW: “Smallville” (1.9 million viewers, 0.8/3 households)

18-49 leader: “Kitchen Nightmares” (1.6)

9 p.m.

CBS: “CSY: NY” (9 million viewers, 1.5/5 households)
NBC: “Dateline: NBC” (4.6 million viewers, 1.2/4 households)
ABC: “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (3.9 million viewers, 1.2/4 households)
FOX: “Fringe” (3.4 million viewers, 1.2/4 households)
The CW: “Supernatural” (2.1 million viewers, 0.9/ 3 households)

18 – 49 leader: “CSI: NY” (1.5)

10 p.m.
CBS: “Blue Bloods” (10 million viewers, 1.5/5 households)
NBC: “Dateline: NBC” (6.8 million viewers, 1.9/6 households)
ABC: “20/20” (6.1 million viewers, 1.8, 5 households)

18-49 leader: “Dateline: NBC” (1.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson