Blue Bloods fans must be finding the show now that it’s back on Fridays (again). The CBS drama (11.6 million viewers, 1.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) was up 13 percent to tie lead-in CSI: NY (10.8 million, 1.7) as the night’s highest-rated show. Only downside for CBS was that Defenders (8.7 million, 1.2) slipped another tenth.
Fox’s Fringe (4 million, 1.5) won praise from fans for its portrayal of Olivia and Peter as kids (EW recap here). The drama was steady with last week — which on one hand is a relief and on the other a bit frustrating (those ratings are still bubble country). CBS and Fox tied, the latter also airing Kitchen Nightmares (3.7 million, 1.6).
ABC and NBC tied too, with ABC averaging 4.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating and NBC averaging 5.9 million viewers and a 1.3 for their respective unscripted and news magazine blocks.
The CW’s Smallville (2.5 million, 1.0) and Supernatural (2.2 million, 1.0) were flat.