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: Ninjas, Newsmags And Secret Agents Rule The August Night

Overall, NBC once again took the night, as Dateline also tied for the topline in demos at 0.5/3, keeping the peacock network's Friday night winning streak alive.
(0.5/3). Secret agents and ninjas topped the Friday demo wars, with an encore of NBC's American Ninja Warrior (0.5/3) tying the two-hour finale of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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ABC also saw 20/20 score an 0.4/2.
Elsewhere, CBS reality show Love Island continued to pine for an audience, coming in at 0.3/3, with reruns of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods ending the eye network's night.
On Fox, First Responders Live arrived at 0.3/2 and a 1.66 million audience, followed by a rerun of MasterChef.
A rerun of The Outpost ended its night. The CW saw its Masters of Illusion come in at 0.2/1 and 0.82 million, with The Big Stage clocking in at 0.1/1 and 0.65 million.

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: ‘The Blacklist’ Season 6 Finale Leads NBC To Demo Victory

That had a spillover for the two-hour Dateline that followed, which had an 0.6.3 and 4.03 million viewers, representing a rise over last week for the news magazine.
A major cliffhanger will have to be resolved in Season 10 of the show. Surprisingly, the season finale for Hawaii Five-0 did not prove to be a home run, drawing an 0.5/3 and 4.98 million, with the demo numbers ticking down two-tenths from the previous week.
The Season 6 finale of NBC's The Blacklist helped send the peacock network to the top of a quiet Friday night.
CBS played on the fascination of the recent royal birth with the special Meghan and Harry Plus One, which had an 0.5/3 and a 5 million total audience. That lead-in to a CBS Sunday Morning special on traffic helped that examination to an 0.4/2 and 3.36 million.
Fox had reruns of Masterchef (0.3/2 and 1.58 million) and Masterchef Celebrity Family Showdown (0.4/2 and 1.50 million).
Those totals matched its season high in total viewers and its high water mark for adults in the coveted 18-49 demo. The Blacklist unraveled some of its bigger secrets in the finale, scoring an 0.6/4 and 4.45 million viewers. The 0.6 represented a hold on last week's numbers for the show.
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At ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. held on to the 0.4/3 of its season premiere last week, but dropped slightly in total viewership at 2.24 million. The two-hour 20/20 that followed was also down, 0.4/2 and 2.49 million, down a tick from last week's numbers.
At The CW, Dynasty bumped up, scoring an 0.2/1 and 0.96 total viewers, with a rerun of Whose Line Is It Anyway coming in at 0.2/1 and 0.84 million.

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).

Friday Ratings: CBS Tops The Night Despite No Basketball Boost

But that warmup led into the night's two top performers, Hawaii Five-0 (0.8/4, 6.72 million) and Blue Bloods (0.8/4 and 7.85 million), both down a tick from previous weeks, but still topping the night. Instead of Duke's Zion Williamson, CBS has a lineup led by a new MacGyver, which scored a 0.6/4 and 5.64 million total audience, a tick down from its previous 0.7.
The Blacklist held firm at 0.6/3 3.42 million, while Dateline made a big jump to 0.6/3 and 3.56 million from its former 0.4. Blindspot was moving up for NBC, gaining a tick to 0.5/3 and 3.28 million to lead off that network's night.
That helped CBS breeze to the throne as the night's lead network, tallying an overall 0.7/4 and 7.53 million.
No problem, said the eye network, which managed to retain its top spot on the evening despite the lack of ratings-boosting hoops contests. No NCAA basketball on CBS this Friday?
The CW saw the series finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at 0.1/1 and 0.46 million, with concert special Yes, It's Really Us Singing nailing an 0.1.” />
That didn't help legal drama Proven Innocent though, which had an 0.4/2 and 1.82 million. At Fox, a re-run of Last Man Standing had an 0.6/3 and 3.13 million viewers, but the good news for the network was sitcom The Cool Kids scoring an 0.7/4 and 3.42 million audience even with a weaker lead-in up from its previous 0.6.
Newsmag 20/20 held at its previous 0.7/4 and 3.88 million for its two-hour episode. ABC's Fresh Off The Boat jumped up to a 0.6/4 and 3.07 million, with Speechless also up a tick to 0.5/3 and 2.30 million.

CBS Scores Friday Viewership Win Despite ‘Blue Bloods’ Break

That, along with fresh offerings of Fresh Off the Boat (0.7, 3.44M) and Speechless (0.6, 2.59M), even and up a tenth, respectively, gave the network its best overall Friday primetime viewership of the season. Also notable Friday was ABC's two-hour 20/20 (0.7, 4.78M), which rose a tenth for its episode remembering the scandals of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, scoring its best viewership number in a year.
CBS' drama block led this week by Hawaii Five-0 (0.8 million in the adults 18-49 demo, 7.55 million viewers) and MacGyver (0.8, 6.90M) propelled Friday's primetime ratings, and with the night's usual king Blue Bloods a repeat it was also Hawaii Five-0, despite dipping a tenth in the demo, that led all shows in viewership.
CBS won the night overall in viewers and tied for the demo title with ABC and Fox.
Among midseason returns, the CW welcomed back Dynasty (0.2, 660,000) from its winter break; it was up in both metrics from its last original. That aided its lead-out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2, 480K), also up a tenth from its midseason premiere a week ago.
Blindspot did touch another season high in viewers. NBC meanwhile was steady with Blindspot (0.6, 3.05M) and The Blacklist (0.6, 4.04M). Dateline (0.6, 3.13M), followed at 10 PM and was even with a week ago.” />
Also in reruns was Last Man Standing, typically the night's demo leader. Instead, it was part of a repeat comedy block on Fox, which did have an original in Hell's Kitchen (0.7, 2.65M), off a tenth at 9 PM.

‘Last Man Standing’, ‘Blue Bloods’ Lead Friday Ratings; ABC Duo & ‘Midnight, Texas’ Hit Season Highs

Meanwhile, CBS' Blue Bloods (0.9, 8.56M) — the night's most-watched show and hitting a demo season high — and Hawaii Five-0 (0.8, 7.86M), along with MacGyver (0.7, 6.23M), helped the network dominate the total viewers metric. Fox's Last Man Standing (1.1 rating in adults 18-49 demo, 5.95 million viewers in Live+same day) was again Friday's top-rated show in primetime among adults 18-49, despite slipping a tenth to a season low.
The CW had Dynasty (0.2, 710,000) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.1, 41K).” />
ABC followed in demo and viewership with Fresh Off the Boat (0.7, 3.5M) and Speechless (0.6, 2.6M), both up a tenth to hit/match season highs, followed by Child Support (0.4, 2.36M) and 20/20 (0.5, 3.09M). The latter tied NBC's Dateline (0.5, 3.21M) in the 10 PM slot in the demo, while Dateline edged it in total viewers.
Blindspot (0.4, 2.6M) ticked down. NBC's night was highlighted by Midnight, Texas (0.4, 2.05M), even in the demo but a season high in viewers.
Thanks to Last Man and lead-outs The Cool Kids (0.9, 4.39M) and Hell's Kitchen (0.8, 2.80M), Fox won the night in the demo. CBS was a tick behind there.

‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Justin Sundquist Out Of Coma But “Not Out Of The Woods Yet”

The accident is being investigated by OSHA. CBS TV Studios told Deadline last week that “The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being.”
EXCLUSIVE: Injured MacGyver stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist has come out of a medically induced coma and was removed today from intensive care. The news comes a week after he suffered a serious head injury in Atlanta in a stunt fall from the back of a tractor trailer on the set of the CBS drama series.
This was Sundquist’s second major accident in two years. He was seriously injured on the set of Hawaii Five-0 in 2016, and sued CBS last year, claiming that accident left him so badly injured it “will likely put an end to his stellar career.” CBS has acknowledged that he got the job coordinating stunts on MacGyver as part of a settlement of that lawsuit, but noted he was well qualified for the job.
His many TV credits include True Blood, Heroes and 24.” /> Sundquist's nearly two decade-long career includes stunts on more than 100 films and TV shows including blockbuster action films like The Fate of the Furious, Furious 7, Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Kong: Skull Island and Monster Trucks.
He’s responding and communicating with his friends and family. “He’s not out of the woods yet,” said veteran stuntman Spiro Razatos, a longtime friend of the family, “but he’s out of ICU and knows what’s going on. He has a long road ahead of him, but he’s on a better road now. We’re all praying for the positivity to continue.”