Friday Ratings: ABC’s ’20/20′ Tops The Night’s Newsmag Wars, Beating NBC’s ‘Dateline’

Dateline drew an 0.4/3 and 2.54 million. The ABC series had an 0.5/3 among adults 18-49 and 3.67 million total audience for its two-hour slot, starting at 9 PM, an hour earlier than usual.
The rest of the night featured reruns, although CBS's Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods both pulled in total audiences topping 4 million.” />
Elsewhere, The CW's Masters of Illusion scored an 0.2/1 and 1.09 million audience, with variety show The Big Stage clocking in at 0.2/1 and 0.94 million. The CW capped its night with Peaking, a series on athletic performance, which came in at 0.1/1 and 0.66 audience in its first half-hour, then held at 0.1/1 and 0.59 in its second half.
The news magazine upset alert was flashing red on Friday night, as ABC's 20/20 topped NBC's Dateline for the first time in weeks. The ABC segment on DNA solving a 30-year-old cold case murder topped Dateline's interview with Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Friday Ratings: NBC And ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Win Once Again On Rerun Heavy Night

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Meanwhile, a new episode of CBS reality show Love Island wasn't feeling the audience love. The racy show  scored an 0.3/3 and 2.04 million viewers, down from its previous 0.5 and 2.16 million. That led to reruns of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods limping home.
A 20/20 rerun scored an 0.4. At ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was down a tick, bringing in an 0.4/3 and 2.16 score.
The two-hour American Nina Warrior on NBC scored a solid 0.5/3 and 2.37 million viewers to take home top demo honors on the evening. It was followed by an encore of Dateline that also did well, scoring an 0.4/3 and 2.61 million, allowing the peacock network to take home the demo trophy on the night.
Its Masters of Illusion was up to 0.3/2 and 1.39 million audience, up from last week's 0.2. The CW was the lone beacon of original programming light. Variety show The Big Stage had a similar boost, up to 0.2/1 and 0.94. A rerun of The Outpost closed the night, holding steady at 0.1.
Fox took the night off,  as reruns of First Responders Live was at 0.3, with MasterChef coming in with a similar 0.3.
Repeats, reruns, encores or rebroadcasts – call them what you will, but they are the staples of summertime programming. So it was no surprise that a night filled with the "R" word saw a repeat showing come out on top in the demo wars.

Friday Ratings: NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Takes The Demo Crown – Stealthily, Of Course

Fox saw First Responders come in at 0.3/2 and 1.61 million, followed by a MasterChef rerun.
scored a steady with the same 0.4/3 and 2.36 million, with a rerun of 20/20 rounding out the night. ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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The trailing Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods both had reruns. At CBS, sexy reality show Love Island gained a bit, coming in at 0.5/4 and 2.22 million, up a tick from its week-ago ratings.
The Big Stage variety show also came back with a new episode, coming in up a tenth at 0.2/2 and 1.21 million. A rerun of The Outpost closed out the night. Finally, The CW's Masters of Illusion returned with a new episode, scoring a steady 0.2/2 and 1.34 million.
America loves its ninjas, and on a rerun heavy night, it's fitting that a rerun of NBC's American Ninja Warrior carried the flag for the demo wars, scoring an impressive 0.6/4 and 3.01 million viewers in its two-hour slot.
That and newsmag Dateline (0.5/3 and 3.00 million), the latter albeit down a tick from last week, still won the night for the peacock network.

Friday Ratings: NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Pulls Off Another Win On A Quiet Summer Night

It's a back-to-back Friday night victory for NBC's Dateline, as the newsmag held steady over last week and once again topped the evening's demo wars with an 0.6/4 and 3.26 million viewers, helping the peacock network to an overall victory over its rivals.
That was followed by a back-to-back airing of The Big Stage, with the variety show doing 0.1/1 and 0.62 million for the first half-hour, then 0.1/1 and 0.52 in its second half. Finally, The CW saw its Masters of Illusion do an 0.2/1 and 0.90 million in its first half-hour, with the second at 0.2/1 and 0.83.
CBS continued its summer slumber, as its lone new broadacast, Whistleblowers, marched in with a steady-as-she-goes 0.3/2 and 3.38 million, followed by reruns of Hawaii Five-0 at 0.3/2 and 3.56 million and Blue Bloods, which sat at 0.4/2 and 4.26 million.
Fox's First Responders Live was a rerun, pulling an 0.4/3 and 1.61 million, with a re-run of MasterChef drawing an 0.3/2 and 1.16 million.
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held steady, pulling in an 0.4/3 and 2.19 million viewers, followed by a two-hour 20/20, which was level from last week with an 0.5/3 and 3.37 million viewers. At ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Dateline triumph was helped by a strong lead-in from American Ninja Warrior, also at 0.6/4 (up a tick from last week's 0.5) and 2.99 million viewers.

Friday Ratings: NBC Tops Demos With ‘American Ninja Warrior’ And ‘Dateline’

No one show dominated the competition this week. The summertime effect is kicking in to the Friday ratings game, and the slowdown is reflected in the lack of huge audience numbers being generated.
That proved to be a nice lead-in for Dateline, which tied for the night's demo lead at 0.6/4 and 3.50 million. An encore of NBC's two-hour American Ninja Warrior continued to draw a healthy slice of demo, scoring an 0.6/4 and 2.86 million. Overall, NBC won the night's demo race among the networks.
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Fox had the 2019 US Open Golf Tournament for three hours, bringing in an 0.4/3 and 2.20 viewers.
For CBS, Whistleblower had an 0.3/2 and 3.35 million, down a tick from its last week, with reruns of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods both scoring an 0.3/2 demo share.
Finally, The CW saw new episodes of Masters of Illusion and The Big Stage each at 0.2/1, the latter up a tick from its debut.
weighed in with an 0.4/3 and 2.22 million, with the two-hour 20/20 performing strongly at 0.6/3 and a 3.66 million audience, matching its audience from two weeks ago. At ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Friday Ratings: NBA Finals Game 4 Ratings Take A Tumble From 2018 As Raptors Win Again

At Fox, Beat Shazam came in at 0.3/2 and 1.43 million, leading into MasterChef's 0.3/2 and 1.28.
That Warriors-Cavs matchup, which also was held on the traditionally low-watched end of week, saw Cleveland pull off a comeback 137-116 win. Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals went on to snag a 11.2 in metered market results, but was down 11% from 2017's Game 4. Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals went on to draw in 19 million viewers, the third best result of the five-game series.
NBC started strong with a two-hour American Ninja Warrior (which had an 0.5/3 and 2.74 million), with Dateline surging at 0.7/4 and 3.66 million, its second-best showing of the season among 18-49.
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The North concluded its NBA Finals visit to the Bay Area last night, and laid waste to the Golden State Warriors like the Game of Thrones' Mother of Dragons did to King's Landing.
The CW had a decent night, with its Masters of Illusion doing an 0.2/2 and 1.01 million, and the debut of variety show The Big Stage doing an 0.1/1 and 0.74.
Elsewhere in Friday ratings, CBS series Whistleblower scored an 0.4/3 and 3.59 million audience, holding steady from last week. It was the lone new programming for the eye network, as Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods both had reruns.
A Game 4 victory at 105-92 over the reigning champ Warriors puts Toronto one game from the title, an achievement which would be the Canadian franchise's first Larry O'Brien championship trophy.
Compared to Game 4 of the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers battle of last year, last night's game was down 12.5% in the early metrics. Last night's Game 4 pulled in a 9.8 in metered market results, with the 2019 NBA Final hitting a ratings low for the series. However, ABC and the NBA aren't feeling like winners.

Friday Ratings: CBS ‘Hawaii Five-O’ And ‘Blue Bloods’ Top The Night, But NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ Strong

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CBS was strong in the Friday night ratings demographics race, thanks to the big performances of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods, which tied for the night's best score with identical 0.7/4s.
At The CW, Dynasty had an 0.2/1 and 0.59 million, with Whose Line Is It Anyway? at 0.1/1 and 0.54 million.
The network's overall night was capped by a strong surge from Dateline, which came in at 0.6/4 and 4.02 million with no newsmag competition thanks to NFL draft coverage on ABC taking the slot usually occupied by 20/20. But NBC's The Blacklist held onto a strong audience score as well, hitting an 0.6/4 for its first hour and 0.5/3 and 3.97 million for its second, thanks to a big secret revealed on the show about Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader).
The eye network began the night with MacGyver hitting an 0.6/4 and 5.62 million audience, ticking upward afterward with Hawaii Five-0 (0.7/4 and 6.55 million) and Blue Bloods (0.7/4 and 7.71 million).
Overall, CBS and NBC tied for the network demo race, each with an 0.6/3.  CBS had the larger audience average, 6.63 million to 4.04 million.
ABC's broadcast coverage of the NFL Draft Day 2 scored an 0.5/3 and 2.58 million audience, but was no doubt cannibalized in part by coverage from ESPN and the NFL Network and a start before prime time in the Pacific time zone.
Fox had a quiet night. A rerun of Last Man Standing scored an 0.5/3 and 2.88 million, dragging down the scores of The Cool Kids (0.4/2 and 2.16 million) and Proven Innocent (0.3/2 and 1.75 million).

‘Big Brother: Celebrity Edition’ With Anthony Scaramucci Twist Leads Friday

Fox's Hell's Kitchen also remained steady with 2.7M/0.7, leading out of sitcom repeats.
It also maintained a 0.5 rating in women 18-49 and women 25-54 for all three hours.” /> Figure Skating Championships, which saw 13-year-old Alysa Liu become the youngest U.S. national figure skating champion, drew a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 with 3.0M viewers overall from 8-11 PM ET. NBC Sports coverage of the U.S.
ABC's Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless both held steady at 3.4M/0.7 and 2.6M/0.6, respectively.
CBS’ Big Brother: Celebrity Edition with the Anthony Scaramucci twist averaged 4.6 million total viewers and 1.0 rating in adults 18-49. That's down for a third straight airing, but still led the night in the demo.
Meanwhile, The CW's Dynasty held its own (645K, 0.2), while Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (389K/0.1) slipped to match its all-time lows.
Friday's biggest audience came via a Blue Bloods rerun with 5.6 million viewers.

Friday Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Continues Its Dominance

ABC's Fresh Off The Boat held at 0.7/4 and 3.17 million to start the evening, with Speechless also holding at 0.5/3 and 2.42 million. Rounding out the night, newsmag 20/20 was down slightly at 0.6/3 and 4.21 million for its two-hour slot.
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Blindspot started the NBC night at 0.6/3 and 3.07 million, while The Blacklist had an 0.6/3 and 3.65 million, with Dateline at 0.6/3 and 3.28 million rounding out the night.
Among the networks, CBS topped with 0.8/4 and 7.83 million total viewers.
The win in its second week back from winter break saw the Tim Allen show rise from its previous 1.0, increasing its lead over the Friday pack. That strong start to the evening also boosted its followers, as elderly sitcom The Cool Kids was up two ticks to 1.0/5 and 4.78, while Hell's Kitchen held steady at 0.8/4 2.92 million.
The juggernaut that is Fox's Last Man Standing continued its Friday ratings stranglehold, once again winning the demo wars with a solid 1.2/6 and 6.21 million total audience.
For The CW, Whose Line Is It Anyway was 0.3/1 and 1.06 million, up a tenth, with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at 0.1/1 and 0.49 million.
Over at CBS, MacGyver started off the night with a solid 0.8/4 and 6.63 million, up a tenth of a point from last week. That momentum allowed Hawaii Five-O to gain a tenth as well, clocking in at 0.9/5 and 7.89 million. Blue Bloods followed by holding at 0.8/4 and 8.98 million.

Friday Ratings: ‘Midnight, Texas’ Series Finale Holds The Fort On Rerun-Filled Slate

Fox's Last Man Standing was again strong demographically, hitting an 0.6/3 and 3.22 million even though it was a rerun. The show again gave momentum to its trailers, as The Cool Kids held at 0.5/3 and 2.59 million, with Hell's Kitchen also holding at 0.4/2 and 1.48 million.
Following that farewell, NBC's America’s Got Talent rose a bit from last week's holiday special, ticking up a tenth to 0.5/3, 3.29. Rounding out the NBC evening, Dateline was also up, scoring strongly with an 0.6/4 and 4.13 million.
The lead-ins didn't help a fresh edition of 20/20, which was down a tenth at 0.4/2 and 2.50 million. ABC was back with original programming, albeit reruns, after its Christmas specials run. A rerun of Fresh Off The Boat scored an 0.4/2 and 2.50 million, while Speechless was a rerun scoring at 0.3/2 and 1.78 million.
The CW saw Penn & Teller: Fool Us on from 8 PM to 10 PM, garnering an 0.2/1 and 1.20 million for the first hour and 0.1/1 and 0.56 in the second hour.
On CBS, a rerun of Garth Brooks performing at Notre Dame received a 0.5/3 and 3.85 over its two-hour run. The country singer gave way to a rerun of Blue Bloods, which ticked down a tenth to 0.4/2 and 4.52 million viewers.
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CBS was the overall network winner, scoring 0.5/3 and 4.19 million total viewers.
The series finale of NBC's Midnight, Texas was the highlight of a rerun-filled Friday night of programming, and the supernatural drama went out by holding on to its audience, scoring an 0.4/2 and 2.42 million viewers.

Friday Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Takes The Demo Race, With CBS Topping Total Viewership

The CW aired The 87th Annual Holiday Christmas Parade 0.2/1 and 1.02 million for its two-hours.
Dateline was at 0.7/4, 4.21 million in its first hour, then rose to 0.9/4, 4.96 in the second hour. NBC's Midnight, Texas was even, scoring an 0.4/2, 2.43 million.
Blue Bloods capped the night with an 0.5/3, 5.23, down big from its previous 0.9. Elsewhere, CBS had a specials evening, starting with the I Love Lucy Christmas Special scoring 0.6/4, 5.86 million at 8 PM. Following that, Dick Van Dyke – Now In Living Color was an 0.5/3, 5.3 million.
The audience drop was also felt by Fox's The Cool Kids (O.8/4, 4.18 million), which is down a tenth, and Hell's Kitchen, which was at 0.7/4, 2.65 million, down two tenths.
It's another Friday win for Fox's Last Man Standing, which again won the demographics race with a strong 1.0/6 and 5.47 million viewers. The total is down a tenth from last week, but still enough to win the evening.
ABC's 20/20 was 0.5/3, 3.01 million, down from its previous 0.7. At ABC, Fresh Off The Boat, held firm at 0.6/3, 2.99 million, with Speechless down one tenth, 0.4/2, 2.16 million viewers.
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CBS was, once again, the overall winner among networks in total viewers, scoring 5.46 million viewers and an o.5/3 in demos. Fox had an 0.8/5, 4.10 million tally.

Friday Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Wins In Demos, But CBS Carries The Night

Fox's Last Man Standing was back on top in the Friday prime time demo ratings race, returning from a brief break to score a 1.1/6 and a 5.48 million audience, staying even with its last episode.
ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat (0.6/3 and 2.81 million) and Speechless (0.5/2, 2.05) were down a tenth. But the Victoria's Secret Holiday Fashion Show did a 0.4/2, 1.92 million audience, and managed to help ABC's 20/20 grow in total viewers, the newsmag scoring an 0.5/3, 2.84 million audience.
On CBS, MacGyver held steady with an 0.7/3, 6.39 million. But Hawaii Five-O (0.8/4, 7.78 million) and Blue Bloods (0.9/4, 8.77 million) both rose a tenth. The network was the overall winner among its competitors, scoring a 7.65 tally in total viewers and easily out-distancing the others.
NBC's Blindspot (0.5/2, 2.83 million), Midnight, Texas (0.4/2, 1.88) and Dateline (0.5/3, 2.84 million_ all held steady.
The strong start on the evening helped boost sitcom The Cool Kids, which followed with a 0.9/4 and 4.33 audience, again holding steady. Hell's Kitchen concluded the Fox night with a 0.9/4, 2.69 million audience, up a tenth.
The CW saw Dynasty holding at 0.2/1, 0.59), but Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was down at 0.1/1, 0.39 million.” />

Friday Ratings: ‘Blue Bloods’ And ‘Last Man Standing’ Again Divvy The Spoils

Midnight, Texas (0.4/2 and 1.95 million) was on par with last week, but grew slightly in overall viewership. NBC's Blindspot showed continued momentum, getting its highest 18-49 score since its Oct. 12 premiere in the 8 PM slot (0.5/2, 2.70 million viewers). Rounding out its evening, Dateline NBC maintained in demo and overall viewership.
Fox continued on its post-World Series roll in Friday primetime, with its Last Man Standing once again the highest-rated 18-49 ratings/share of the night. But CBS again was the network sitting on top of the network cake.
 
Blue Bloods capped the night by staying even, scoring a solid 0.8/3 and a whopping 8.93 million viewers, the largest total viewership of the night. Its MacGyver (0.7/3, 6.48 million viewers) fell at 8 PM, followed by Hawaii Five-O at 9 PM (0.7/3 and 7.50 million viewers, a season low). CBS won the overall network ratings war for Friday, scoring an 0.7/3 and 7.63 million viewers, but saw its shows drop a bit.
Steady as she goes was the watchword for ABC’s Friday. Fresh Off the Boat (0.6/3, 3.09 million), Speechless (0.5/2, 2.43 million), and 20/20 (0.4/2, 2.68 million) all matched their previous episodes, but Child Support (0.4/2, 2.19 million) fell a tenth.
Also gaining were The Cool Kids sitcom (1.0/5 and 4.55 million) and Hell's Kitchen, (0.8/3, 2.83 million), both up a tenth. At 8 PM, Fox's Last Man Standing scored a 1.3/6 ratings/share, and 6.33 million total viewers, a tick up from last week.
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Friday TV Ratings: It’s NBC And ‘Dateline’ Once Again Taking Top Honors

The network again scored at 10 PM with a re-run of Blue Bloods, hitting a 0.4/2 and 3.89 million total audience. CBS saw the season finale of TKO: Total Knock Out ride away with a 0.4/2 ratings/share and 2.2 million total audience.
ABC's 20/20 had a 0.4/2 and 2.39 million total audience in the 10 PM slot.” />
The NBC investigative series won top honors for the night, scoring an 0.8/4 ratings/share for the two-hour broadcast starting at 9 PM. The show also had a 4.76 million total audience. That meant a one-tenth uptick from last Friday.
NBC and Dateline continued their dominance of the Friday night ratings this week, repeating their previous victory.
The continued strong performance by Dateline led NBC to an overall victory among the networks, winning the night with a 0.6/3 and 3.57 million total audience.

Ratings: CBS Has A Good Friday Night In Total Viewers

Rounding out the evening at 10 PM were the strong 0.6/3 rating/share performances by ABC's 20/20 and NBC's Dateline, with CBS's Blue Bloods (0.4/2) drawing the biggest total viewing audience.
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It's summertime, which means outdoor activities, vacations, and other seasonal lures typically make for a quiet night in ratings.
CW's Masters of Illusion maintained its 0.2/1 rating share for 8 PM and 8:30 PM, drawing 1.09 for the first half-hour and just under a million viewers at 8:30 PM. Elsewhere at 8 PM, ABC's Quantico held steady at a 0.4/2 rating share and 2.69 million viewers.
Still, that was below the CBS total viewership numbers. But ABC's 20/20 led the overall rating/share on Friday, copping a 0.6/3 rating share among adults 18-49 in its 10 PM slot and with 3.48 million viewers.
NBC's Dateline and a re-run of American Ninja Warrior also had a 0.6/3 rating/share on Friday, but brought also brought in lesser total viewers than the CBS shows.
In the 8 PM slot, the premiere of the Whistleblower series on CBS looked at a pediatric dental chain and a pharmaceutical giant in its study of alleged corporate wrongdoing. The show drew a total of 3.07 million total viewers and a 0.4/2 rating share.
had a 0.5/2 rating share and 2.60 million viewers, while a Fox re-run of The Orville scored a 0.2/1 ratings share, tied with the CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us in rating share, with both shows under a million viewers. At 9 PM, What Would You Do?
Friday saw CBS score in the total viewers race, with a 9 PM re-run of Hawaii Five-O luring 3.57 million total viewers (0.4/2 rating share among adults 18-49), followed by Blue Bloods aggregating 4.34 million viewers in the 10 PM slot  (also a 0.4/2 rating share).