October 01, 2011 9:46am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Fringe,' 'Supernatural' and CBS Dramas Lower in Second Week
In the second week, many of Friday's original fare dipped, with the exception of the only unscripted offering and a CW action thriller.
Even with A Gifted Man, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods all dropping in Week 2 of the television season, CBS still managed to come out of the night on top, averaging 9.8 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime.
A Gifted Man (8.1 million, 1.2) remained the top-rated and most-watched scripted series in its 8 p.m. time slot, sinking two-tenths from its debut. The Patrick Wilson drama improved CBS' average in the time period in total viewership (37 percent increase) and the demos. CSI: NY (9.6 million, 1.6) was No. 1 in all key categories, including adults 25-54 (2.3) and the same could be said for Blue Bloods (11.1 million, 1.8).
Fox's Fringe (3.1 million, 1.2) performed lower in the ratings for its second episode of its fourth season, even though Kitchen Nightmares (4 million, 1.6) remained steady from last week. Fox narrowly edged out NBC to take the No. 2 spot in the demo for Friday, averaging a 1.4.
NBC's Dateline (6.2 million, 1.6) carried the network to third place in the 18-49 demo for the night (1.3). ABC's 20/20 delivered 4 million and a 1.2 rating at 10 p.m.
The CW's action thriller Nikita (1.8 million, 0.6) was steady from its premiere, while Supernatural (1.8 million, 0.7) dropped a tenth.
· Fringe: 3.1 million, 1.2
· 20/20: 4 million, 1.2