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MAR
31
3 YEARS

TV Ratings: 'Fringe' Rebounds From Series Low

CBS edges out ABC for the Friday ratings victory; "20/20" is night's highest-rated program.

Fringe: TV Still 3/30/12 - H 2012
Fox
"Fringe"

After setting a series low last week for its return, Fringe rebounded in the ratings.

Fox's cult sci-fi drama was on par with its pre-hiatus ratings, averaging 3.1 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. (Last Friday, Fringe drew nearly 2.9 million viewers and a 0.9 against the NCAA basketball tournament.) Lead-in Kitchen Nightmares (2.9 million, 1.2) matched Fringe in the demo -- though the Gordon Ramsay series outdrew the 9 p.m. drama by more than 1 million.

CBS returned with its Friday dramas after a few weeks of college basketball. Undercover Boss (8.1 million, 1.8) and CSI: NY (9.4 million, 1.6) both returned down from their last originals, but Blue Bloods (10.6 million, 1.6) was steady. CBS edged out close competitor ABC for the ratings victory with a 1.7 primetime rating.

The only originals airing on ABC were its newsmagazines and the network touts that 20/20 (6.9 million, 2.1) hit its highest rating in more than two years. In fact, the program was the night's highest-rated program on broadcast. What Would You Do? (5 million, 1.5) dropped just slightly from the previous week.

NBC fairy tale procedural Grimm (4.2 million, 1.2) was back after several weeks off as well, though it didn't exactly make a splash. The drama, which will return for a second season, hit a new low -- and matched Fringe in the ad-coveted demo at 9 p.m. Lead-in Who Do You Think You Are? (5.1 million, 0.8) dipped and Dateline (4.6 million, 1.2) rose a few tenths.

The CW's Nikita (1.3 million, 0.4) hit a low and Supernatural (1.7 million, 0.7) improved.