January 19, 2013 9:53am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Fringe' Gets a Steady Sendoff, 'Undercover Boss' Tops Friday
CBS took Friday in adults 18-49 (1.7 rating) and total viewers (10.5 million), starting with a small boost for the night's top performer across the broadcast nets: Undercover Boss. The series was up a tenth of a point to a 1.9 rating in the demo, matching its season high. CSI: NY (1.6 adults) was even with last week, and Blue Bloods (1.5 adults) was off by a tenth of a point.
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Comedies Last Man Standing (1.3 adults) and Malibu Country (1.1 adults) both slipped on ABC, losing respectively two-tenths and three-tenths of a point from last week. Shark Tank (1.5 adults) gave a solid encore before 20/20 (1.2 adults) fell three-tenths from last Friday. The network averaged a 1.3 rating in the key demo and 5.4 million viewers.
An encore of Betty White's Off Their Rockers led into a two-hour Dateline (1.2 adults) on NBC. The news magazine was down two-tenths from last week, giving the network a 1.1 rating in the demo and 4.6 million viewers.
Fox said goodbye to Fringe with a two-hour sendoff. Pulling a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49, the drama was even with its season four ender -- and with 3.2 million viewers, it earned its largest audience in a year.
Nikita returned to The CW even with its last showing of a 0.4 adults rating. The network averaged a 0.4 in the demo with 1.1 million viewers.