fringe group TV Ratings: 'Fringe' improves, CBS wins the nightFast National ratings for Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

As per usual, CBS dominated Friday night in viewers, thanks to “The Defenders” (8.2 million), “CSI: NY” (10.6 million) and “Blue Bloods” (11.1 million). “Fringe” fans can probably stop panicking for the time being: The show improved from last week’s 3.7 million, bringing in 4.1 million viewers, helping FOX tie CBS for the lead among adults 18-49.

CBS scored 10.1 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/11 share in households for the night, up almost two million viewers from last week. NBC took second with 6.51 million viewers and a 4.2/8. ABC was next with 4.1 million, 2.8/5, FOX was in fourth at 4.0 million, 2.3/4 and the CW was last with 2.23 million, 1.3/2. 

There was a tie for the lead among adults 18-49: CBS and FOX led for the night, each averaging a 1.6 rating in the demographic. NBC was right behind with a 1.5 and ABC followed with a 1.3. The CW earned a 1.0 rating.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Defenders” (8.2 million viewers, 5.2/9 households)
NBC: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (5.8 million, 3.7/7)
FOX: “Kitchen Nightmares” (3.89 million, 2.3/2)

ABC: “Supernanny” (3.86 million, 2.5/5)
The CW: “Smallville” (2.2 million, 1.3/2)

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

9 p.m.

CBS: “CSI: NY” (10.6 million, 6.7/11)
NBC: “Dateline” (5.9 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
FOX: “Fringe” (4.1 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “Supernatural” (2.1 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: “CSI: NY” (1.8)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Blue Bloods” (11.1 million, 7.0/13)
NBC: “Dateline” (7.3 million, 4.8/8)

ABC: “20/20” (4.0 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: “Dateline” (1.8)

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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