By James Hibberd
Updated January 15, 2011 at 05:29 PM EST

Don’t panic, Human Target fans. Just because Fox moved a couple episodes to Friday, doesn’t mean the adventure series is permanently going into the network’s so-called Death Slot.

The episodes were originally planned for Wednesday, but were preempted by the president’s speech, so Fox aired them last night. Still, the results are interesting, especially since Target madeour list of endangered shows.

Target dropped 24% at 8 p.m. compared to its most recent Wednesday performance, and then down a little further for a second episode at 9 p.m. (despite the episode being titled “Cool Hand Guerrero”). Across two hours, Target averaged 4.7 million viewers and a 1.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. Each rating point equals 1.3 million viewers.

The thing is, for Fox on a Friday, these numbers aren’t that bad.

Friday nights have baffled Fox, yet Target’s performance is firmly stronger than the cancelled The Good Guys (which the network ran far longer than anybody expected) or Dollhouse (ditto).

Next week we can compare these numbers to Fringe, which is taking the Friday plunge (here’s Fox executives telling fans “don’t write the eulogy” for Fringe this week).

Otherwise, CBS won the night with CSI: NY (9.5 million, 1.7) ranking as the night’s highest-rated show, with Medium (6.6 million, 1.3) for a lead-in. NBC was second with a two-hour Dateline (5.4 million, 1.5). ABC aired Supernanny (4.6 million, 1.2), Primetime (5.0 million, 1.5) and 20/20 (5.5 million, 1.4).

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