By James Hibberd
November 05, 2011 at 03:24 PM EDT

Fox’s Fringe jumped back into the fray on Friday night as NBC’s Grimm and Chuck aired their second episodes of the season.

Fringe returned slightly higher than its last original episode on Oct. 14, but the NBC dramas slipped despite not having to face Game 7 of the World Series this week.

Of the geek-friendly trio, Grimm (5.9 million viewers, 1.8 adult demo rating) performed the best, but fell 14 percent from last week’s series premiere. Fringe (3.3 million, 1.3) ranked second, its adult demo number rising a tenth of a point. And Chuck (3.1 million, 0.8) … oh man. Chuck was down 20 percent and was the night’s lowest-rated show on a major broadcast network. Fringe‘s lead-in Kitchen Nightmares (3.7 million, 1.5) was also up a tick.

Meanwhile, CBS was back in the game, with A Gifted Man (8.4 million, 1.2) doing its usual thing, followed by CSI: NY (9.6 million, 1.6) coming down 11 percent from a couple weeks ago — perhaps feeling the added scripted competition in the hour from Grimm. But look at Blue Bloods (12.6 million, 2.1) — the crime drama spiked 24 percent last night.

ABC’s two hours of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (5.1 million, 1.3) climbed slightly.

The CW’s Nikita (1.8 million, 0.6) and Supernatural (1.7 million, 0.7) were unchanged.