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Friday Ratings: 'Friday Night Lights' Up, CW Dramas Slip

CBS wins night in 18-49 demo with "Superstar Women of Country" special.

"Friday Night Lights" (NBC)
Bill Records/NBC

Good Friday was good to Friday Night Lights in the ratings.

While a handful of originals aired, most of them slipping slightly, the football drama (3.8 million, 1.0) -- airing its final season on NBC -- saw a boost in viewers and the 18-49 demo. That led to a two-hour Dateline (6.1 million, 1.4) that was up as well.

Even with a CSI: NY rerun, CBS still won the night in the demo (1.4) with a two-hour special, Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country (8.4 million, 1.6).

The CW's Smallville (2.2 million, 0.9) declined a bit, not surprising on an Easter weekend, with Supernatural (2 million, 0.9) steady.

Fox aired a repeat of Kitchen Nightmares before a new Fringe (3.5 million, 1.2) which hit a new low, according to preliminary numbers. This could easily be adjusted up when finals come in.

STORY: 'Fringe' Q&A: John Noble Explains the Low Ratings and Talks Third Universes, Reality Shows

ABC's Shark Tank (5 million, 1.4) continues to perform steadily, acting as lead-in to the newsmagazines.

ABC and NBC tied for second with a 1.2 rating, with Fox (1.1) and the CW (0.9) trailing.

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