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TV Ratings: 'Fringe' Opens Season Down, 'A Gifted Man' Has OK Debut

CBS' "Blue Bloods" is Friday's most-watched program in primetime.

A Gifted Man
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"A Gifted Man"

Fringe was one of several serialized dramas returning for new seasons on Friday, which saw the launch of medical drama-with-a-twist, A Gifted Man.

Fox's cult series delivered 3.5 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, an improvement from the 1.2 rating Fringe posted for its season finale but down more than 20 percent from its debut in the Fridays at 9 p.m. slot. Its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares, drew 3.8 million and a 1.6, winning its 8 p.m. time period. Fox placed second on the night behind CBS.

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CBS' A Gifted Man (9.3 million, 1.4), with Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Ehle, bowed to OK numbers, remaining steady with the premiere of Medium last September. Starting a night with a new show is a difficult task, but the series -- also featuring Emmy winner Margo Martindale -- was the top-rated scripted program and ranked as the top-rated program in the older 25-54 demo. CSI: NY (10.7 million, 1.8) and Blue Bloods (11.8 million, 2.0 both dipped 10 percent and 9 percent, respectively, with the latter as the night's most-watched program during primetime. CBS won the night in viewership (10.6 million) and the demo (1.7).

The CW's Nikita (1.9 million, 0.6) premiered on its new night and time, seeing a drop from last year's premiere when it aired following The Vampire Diaries. Supernatural (2 million, 0.8) built upon Nikita's audience.

CBS - 1.7 
•    A Gifted Man: 9.3 million, 1.4    
•    CSI: NY: 10.7 million, 1.8
•    Blue Bloods: 11.8 million, 2.0

Fox - 1.6
•    Kitchen Nightmares: 3.8 million, 1.6
•    Fringe: 3.5 million, 1.5
 
NBC - 1.6
•    Up All Night (R): 3.2 million, 0.8
•    Whitney (R): 3.1 million, 0.9
•    Dateline: 7.1 million, 2.0

ABC - 1.0
•    Modern Family (R): 3.9 million, 1.0
•    Revenge (R): 4.1 million, 1.0
•    20/20: 3.3 million, 1.0

The CW - 0.7
•    Nikita: 1.9 million, 0.6
•    Supernatural: 2 million, 0.8

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