Friday Ratings: ‘SmackDown’ FTW, But ‘Blue Bloods’ Gets The Biggest Audience

The CW saw the season debut of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, which came in with an 0.1. But Dynasty fell back a tick, coming in with an 0.0.” />
That led up to the big kahuna, the season debut of Blue Bloods, which had an 0.4 in demos but brought in the night's largest total audience at 5.98 million. The strong lead-in worked for the season debut of Magnum P.I., which also tallied an 0.4. Over at CBS, the eye network's crime drama lineup came roaring back to life. The season debut of CBS's SWAT came in with 4.68 million in total audience and an 0.4 via the early returns.
Unfortunately, ABC's 20/20 didn't sustain that momentum. But just behind the perennial Friday night wrestling winner was ABC's two-hour special, The Most Magical Story on Earth, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort hosted by The View cohost Whoopi Goldberg. It scored an 0.5 in demos. It's spotlight on faux heiress and convicted con artist Anna Sorokin tumbled to an 0.3.
NBC had a rerun of its new compelling new show Ordinary Joe, then had a new Dateline, which had an 0.4 with its look at the murder of a North Carolina man.
Fox's WWE Friday Night SmackDown once again topped the demo wars last night, coming in with an 0.6 to beat the field.

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