CBS won Friday night in a race that pitted new shows vs. reruns from earlier in the week.
It was a curious mix: CBS and Fox running lineups with new shows for fall, while ABC and NBC apparently hoped to get people to sample some of their news shows by rerunning some that premiered just days earlier.
Here’s how the ratings turned out for each network on Friday night, the fifth night of the new fall season, according to the Nielsen overnights:
CBS: The Eye network won with one new series and two returning shows. In fact, CBS added viewership throughout the evening – making the Tom Selleck cop drama “Blue Bloods” the night’s highest-rated show on any network. “Blue Bloods” averaged 11.846 viewers in the 10-11 p.m. hour (9-10c), following “CSI: NY,” which drew 10.665 million viewers from 9 to 10 (8-9c). The evening began for CBS with the new “sixth-sense” series “A Gifted Man” at 8/7c. The newbie drew 9.31 million viewers.
Fox: The return of two series – “Kitchen Nightmares” at 8/7c and “Fringe” at 9/8c – gave Fox an average of 3.685 million viewers for the night, a pretty lowly number. “Kitchen Nightmares,” with Chef Gordon Ramsay, scored 3.836 million and “Fringe” had 3.534 million viewers.
ABC: With a lineup starting with two repeats – the one-hour season premiere of “Modern Family” at 8/7c (last seen on Wednesday night) and the series premiere of “Revenge” at 9/8c (also a Wednesday leftover) – and ending the night with a new “20/20” at 10/9c, ABC averaged 3.784 million viewers for the evening.
NBC: The Peacock network also had repeats plus a news magazine, “Dateline,” which filled two hours, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (8-10c). The NBC evening started with repeats of two of its new comedies – “Up All Night” at 8/7c and “Whitney” at 8:30/7:30c. For the night, NBC averaged 5.783 million to come in second, following CBS.