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[10/03/20 - 08:34 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Finals Put ABC on Top
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/2/20):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

ABC (4.132 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (4.057 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "NBA Countdown" (2.900 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "NBA Finals, Game 2" (4.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

FOX (2.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for second with "WWE SmackDown" (2.042 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a new "The Greatest #AtHome Videos" (3.509 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) followed by the season premiere of "Undercover Boss" (3.005 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (3.046 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.142 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) aired an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (1.963 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus "Dateline NBC" (2.500 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Masters of Illusion" (0.548 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (0.522 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), "World's Funniest Animals" (0.689 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.619 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - The Greatest #AtHome Videos
+33.33% - Dateline NBC (vs. 9/18/20)
0.00% - WWE SmackDown
0.00% - World's Funniest Animals
0.00% - Masters of Illusion

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - World's Funniest Animals (vs. Red Bull Peaking)
-16.67% - Undercover Boss (vs. Magnum P.I.)
-20.00% - Dateline NBC
-28.57% - The Greatest #AtHome Videos (vs. Hawaii Five-0)
-42.11% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night (vs. 6/2/19)
-50.00% - Masters of Illusion (vs. Masters of Illusion (Repeat))
-57.89% - NBA Finals, Game 2 (vs. 6/2/19)
-60.87% - NBA Countdown (vs. 6/2/19)
-64.29% - WWE SmackDown


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/4/19):

FOX (3.869 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Friday thanks to the network premiere of "WWE SmackDown" (3.869 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

CBS (6.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) however remained the most-watched network with its trio of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.393 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "Magnum P.I." (6.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (7.387 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with the season premiere of "The Blacklist" (3.965 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.295 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up originals from "American Housewife" (3.296 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.366 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "20/20" (3.001 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.733 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "The Big Stage" (0.558 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11), a new "Red Bull Peaking" (0.415 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and the season finale of "Red Bull Peaking" (0.334 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - 20/20
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0
0.00% - Blue Bloods
0.00% - Magnum P.I.
0.00% - Red Bull Peaking - 9:30
-16.67% - Dateline NBC
-20.00% - Fresh Off the Boat
-28.57% - American Housewife
-50.00% - Red Bull Peaking - 9:00

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Various)
+25.00% - 20/20 (vs. Child Support/20/20)
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0 (vs. MacGyver)
0.00% - The Blacklist (vs. Manifest (Repeat))
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. New Amsterdam (Repeat)/Dateline NBC)
-16.67% - American Housewife (vs. Fresh Off the Boat)
-20.00% - Fresh Off the Boat (vs. Speechless)
-25.00% - Blue Bloods
-25.00% - Magnum P.I. (vs. Hawaii Five-0)
-50.00% - Red Bull Peaking - 9:00 (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat))
-50.00% - Red Bull Peaking - 9:30 (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat))

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

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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