By James Hibberd
Updated October 08, 2011 at 03:33 PM EDT

After dropping in the ratings last week, cult-favorite Fringe recovered somewhat on Friday night.

Fringe had 3.2 million viewers and a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 8 percent from its second episode last week (which had fallen 20 percent from its premiere). That’s not much, of course, but any reversal is always a welcome sight. What’s more: Fringe grew despite lead-in Kitchen Nightmares (3.7 million, 1.5) falling 12 percent.

The news for The CW’s Nikita, however, wasn’t so hot.

Nikita (1.6 million, 0.5) slipped from its already anemic rating, falling 17 percent (I mean, it only dropped a tenth of a rating point, but when you’re dealing with single digits, a tenth of a point can make for a significant percentage drop). Yet Supernatural (1.6 million, 0.7) grew at 9 p.m.

The night’s leader, CBS, had some slight shifts: A Gifted Man (7.5 million, 1.2) halted its decline and was steady. CSI: NY (9.7 million, 1.6) was down a notch, and Blue Bloods (11 million, 1.9) was up a peg.

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