By James Hibberd
Updated February 12, 2011 at 04:22 PM EST
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Image Credit: Image Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox Nooooo! Is the Friday death slot curse tightening its grip on Fringe?

After two weeks of maintaining its Thursday ratings in its new Friday time period, the Fox drama slipped 16 percent last week. Last night, it slipped 13 percent further — to 3.7 million viewers and a 1.4 in the preliminary adult demo. Lead-in Kitchen Nightmares (3.7 million, 1.5) dropped 12 percent.

The CW’s Smallville (2.3 million, 0.9) and Supernatural (2.0 million, 0.9) took a mild hit too, both down 10 percent from last week.

Friday night wasn’t very kind to the second episode of CBS’ The Defenders (7.9 million, 1.1) in its new time period either. The legal drama fell 15 percent from last week, and it’s tough to imagine CBS bringing back the show for another season if ratings continue to hover close to this number. At 9 p.m., CSI: NY (9.7 million, 1.5) was down 21 percent from last week’s episode that aired at 10 p.m. and had a stronger lead-in.

The second week of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are (6.6 million, 1.4), with Tim McGraw as the celebrity guest, went against the downward stream and improved a tenth. Dateline (5.7 million, 1.4) followed. ABC aired 20/20 (6.4 million, 1.6).

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