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[10/10/20 - 08:36 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Finals Keep ABC in Front
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 (10/9/20):

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

ABC (5.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its presentations of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (5.012 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "NBA Countdown" (4.295 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "NBA Finals, Game 5" (5.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

FOX (2.086 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with its latest edition of "WWE SmackDown" (2.086 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Next up was CBS (2.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) and its trio of "The Greatest #AtHome Videos" (3.173 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6), "Undercover Boss" (2.631 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (2.922 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) offered up an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (1.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) plus "Dateline NBC" (2.942 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

And finally, The CW (0.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Masters of Illusion" (0.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (0.524 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), "World's Funniest Animals" (0.704 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.708 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Dateline NBC
+20.00% - WWE SmackDown
0.00% - World's Funniest Animals
0.00% - Masters of Illusion
-20.00% - The Greatest #AtHome Videos
-40.00% - Undercover Boss

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - World's Funniest Animals (vs. Dynasty)
-16.67% - Dateline NBC
-40.00% - WWE SmackDown
-42.86% - The Greatest #AtHome Videos (vs. Hawaii Five-0)
-50.00% - Masters of Illusion (vs. Charmed)
-50.00% - Undercover Boss (vs. Magnum P.I.)
-51.85% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night (vs. 6/10/19)
-55.17% - NBA Countdown (vs. 6/10/19)
-61.54% - NBA Finals, Game 5 (vs. 6/10/19)


Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/11/19):

FOX (2.899 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) remained the demo champ on Friday with its second week of "WWE SmackDown" (2.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

CBS (6.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.946 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Magnum P.I." (6.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (7.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.750 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with new episodes from "The Blacklist" (3.781 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.564 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up originals of "American Housewife" (3.437 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.333 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "20/20" (2.404 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

And finally, The CW (0.580 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Charmed" (0.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Dynasty" (0.464 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Dateline NBC
+16.67% - Blue Bloods
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0
0.00% - Magnum P.I.
0.00% - The Blacklist
0.00% - American Housewife
-20.00% - 20/20
-25.00% - Fresh Off the Boat
-28.57% - WWE SmackDown

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Blacklist (vs. Blindspot)
0.00% - American Housewife (vs. Fresh Off the Boat)
0.00% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Various)
0.00% - Charmed (vs. Dynasty)
0.00% - Dynasty (vs. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
-11.11% - 20/20 (vs. Child Support/20/20)
-12.50% - Blue Bloods
-12.50% - Hawaii Five-0 (vs. MacGyver)
-14.29% - Dateline NBC
-25.00% - Magnum P.I. (vs. Hawaii Five-0)
-40.00% - Fresh Off the Boat (vs. Speechless)

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

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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