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Saturday, November 5, 2011


8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

8:00 A Gifted Man
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 CSI: NY
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

It was one of the busier Friday nights on broadcast TV in awhile this week. NBC started things off with Chuck which dropped three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for series lows. NBC clearly made a mistake in bringing this show back because it can't even handle a Friday timeslot with less expectations. At 9pm though the news was better where Grimm was down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. The drop is expected but it still won the hour in the demo, a rarity on NBC. At 10pm, Dateline NBC was down a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. 

On CBS, its lineup was back after a week of repeats. A Gifted Man started off the night down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, CSI: NY was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This is a surprising drop unless maybe it's CSI: NY is actually getting affected by the genre dramas at 9pm. That seems unlikely but who knows. At 10pm though the news was much better where Blue Bloods was up a big 1.8 million viewers and four tenths in the demo for its best number since the series premiere in September 2010. I'm not sure what explains this but it's a great great performance for the CBS drama.

Meanwhile on ABC, both episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition were up from last week without World Series competition. Though it isn't tanking on Fridays, it seems like the numbers should be better, at least in total viewers. At 10pm, 20/20 was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. Over on FOX, Kitchen Nightmares was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last airing while Fringe was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo from its last new airing. In the battle of genre shows, Fringe was handily beaten by Grimm in the 9pm hour. It is time for FOX to end this cult show.

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