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[07/18/20 - 08:50 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "WWE SmackDown" Stay on Top in Demos
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 (7/17/20):

FOX (1.893 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) held onto the demo crown on Friday thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (1.893 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1).

CBS (3.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) was the most-watched broadcaster with repeats of "MacGyver" (3.460 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (3.742 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (3.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.906 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with encores of "The Wall" (2.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (3.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.971 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and a new "20/20" (2.442 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (0.755 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.658 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.763 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) closed out the night on The CW (0.706 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - WWE SmackDown
0.00% - Masters of Illusion
-33.33% - 20/20 (vs. 6/5/20)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Various)
0.00% - Masters of Illusion
-20.00% - 20/20 (vs. 20/20 (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/19/19):

NBC (3.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) claimed top honors on Friday with its weekly encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.997 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (2.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.361 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and a repeat "20/20" (2.870 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.838 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a new "Love Island" (2.218 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) plus repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.808 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.371 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up encores of "First Responders Live" (1.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "MasterChef" (1.133 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (1.338 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Big Stage" (1.212 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) alongside a repeat "The Outpost" (0.931 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - The Big Stage (vs. 6/28/19)
+25.00% - Love Island
0.00% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
0.00% - Masters of Illusion (vs. 6/28/19)
-16.67% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Love Island
0.00% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
-28.57% - Dateline NBC
-33.33% - The Big Stage (vs. 6/28/19)
-33.33% - Masters of Illusion (vs. 6/28/19)

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

TBA

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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