How do you like the sound of that? Fringe was the highest-rated program last night. Despite a great level of concern that the move of the beloved-by-fans but ratings-challenged sci-fi drama from Thursdays to Fridays would lead to its quick demise, it showed spunk, drawing a 1.9/6 in adults 18-49 at 9 PM, up 12% from its last original on Thursday on Dec. 9 and tied with its season average. Fringe’s lead-in, the fourth season premiere of reality series Kitchen Nightmares (1.9/6) also had a strong showing. It was up 36% from its third season premiere last January (also on Friday) to tie Fringe as the top program of the night in the demo. Fox won the night in 18-49 with its highest Friday delivery since May 2008, improving its season average by 111%.
Fringe‘s performance may have been helped by the fact that CBS’ CSI: NY at 9 PM was a rerun (CBS also aired a repeat at 10 PM) At 8 PM, the network bid farewell to Medium (1.6/5, 7.8 million), whose series finale was up 20% in the demo from last week. CBS (1.3/4, 7.2 million) won the night in total viewers and finished tied for third place in 18-49 with NBC, which aired a Minute to Win It rerun and a two-hour Dateline (1.4/4), down 7% from last week.
ABC (1.4/5) was second in 18-49 with Supernanny (1.1/4, flat with last week), Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.7/5, up 13%) and 20/20 (1.5/5, up 7%)