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[08/08/20 - 08:29 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "WWE SmackDown" Lead Demo Race
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/7/20):

FOX (1.956 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) took home another demo victory on Friday thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (1.956 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1).

NBC (2.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and ABC (2.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) shared the silver with their repeats of "The Wall" (2.263 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (3.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2); and "Shark Tank" (2.665 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "20/20" (1.999 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), respectively.

Next up was CBS (3.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) with a new "The Greatest #AtHome Videos" (3.736 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) alongside repeats of "Magnum P.I." (3.261 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (3.695 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with a new "Masters of Illusion" (0.555 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (0.480 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), the premiere of "Being Rueben" (0.253 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T11) and a second "Being Rueben" (0.215 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - WWE SmackDown
0.00% - The Greatest #AtHome Videos
-50.00% - Masters of Illusion (vs. 7/17/20)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Various)
0.00% - The Greatest #AtHome Videos (vs. Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat))
-50.00% - Masters of Illusion
-100.00% - Being Rueben - 9:00 (vs. Hypnotize Me (Repeat))
-100.00% - Being Rueben - 9:30 (vs. Hypnotize Me (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/9/19):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some high rated local pre-season NFL games (across all networks) are included here but will be excluded from Officials.]

NBC (2.787 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and FOX (1.952 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) led the demo race on Friday with the latter offering up repeats of "BH90210" (1.997 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "MasterChef" (1.908 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

The Peacock then served up second runs of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.657 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "Dateline NBC" (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Next up was CBS (3.673 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its all-repeat lineup of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.610 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Magnum P.I." (3.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (3.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.335 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up the special "WE Day" (1.705 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) alongside the return of "What Would You Do?" (2.570 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and a repeat "20/20" (2.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (0.701 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "The Big Stage" (0.575 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) plus a repeat "Hypnotize Me" (0.503 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.571 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Masters of Illusion
0.00% - The Big Stage

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - What Would You Do?
-14.29% - WE Day (vs. Fresh Off the Boat/Speechless (Repeats))
-33.33% - Masters of Illusion
-66.67% - The Big Stage (vs. Masters of Illusion (Repeat))

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

Late-night metered market results for Friday night are currently unavailable.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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