Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Friday, October 4, 2019
The numbers for Friday:
|Time||Show||Adults 18-49 rating/share||Viewers (millions)|
|8 p.m.||Friday Night SmackDown (FOX) (8-10 p.m.)||1.4/8||3.87|
|Hawaii Five-O (CBS)||0.7/4||6.93|
|The Blacklist (NBC) – P||0.5/3||3.97|
|American Housewife (ABC)||0.5/3||3.30|
|Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.73|
|8:30 p.m.||Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)||0.4/3||2.37|
|The Big Stage (The CW) – R||0.1/1||0.56|
|9 p.m.||Magnum P.I. (CBS)||0.6/3||6.02|
|Dateline (NBC) (9-11 p.m.)||0.5/3||3.29|
|20/20 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.)||0.5/3||3.00|
|Peaking (The CW)||0.1/1||0.42|
|9:30 p.m.||Peaking (The CW)||0.1/1||0.33|
|10 p.m.||Blue Bloods (CBS) – P||0.6/4||7.39|
The champion of Friday night’s broadcast ratings was, unquestionably, FOX.
The network smashed its way to an easy victory in the second week of the new TV season with “Friday Night SmackDown,” as the WWE came back to FOX for the first time since November 14, 1992. The triumphant return appears to have paid off handsomely, with the event scoring a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and drawing 3.87 million viewers. This allowed the broadcast to lead the demo not just across both hours it aired, but across the entire night.
CBS found itself in second place despite each of its shows holding their numbers from last week; “Hawaii Five-O” was the night’s second strongest broadcast at 0.7, while both “Magnum P.I.” and “Blue Bloods” each continued at 0.6. Without “SmackDown,” CBS would have certainly taken in Friday primetime’s best numbers.
On NBC, “The Blacklist” debuted its seventh season at 0.5 with 3.97 million viewers. This was predictably lower than the 0.9 with 4.15 million viewers it premiered at last season, when the series was still airing on Thursday nights. Given the switch to Fridays, the considerable drop-off is unsurprising. “Dateline” followed “The Blacklist” with an additional 0.5, losing some of the steam from last week’s 0.6.
Elsewhere, ABC’s “American Housewife” stumbled from a (relatively) strong 0.7 down to 0.5, faltering from 3.34 million viewers to 3.30 million. A bit later, “Fresh Off the Boat” stumbled similarly from a 0.5 premiere to 0.4. “20/20” also suffered a loss, ticking down from its 0.6 final to 0.5 and thus failing to capitulate on the losses suffered by “Dateline.” In the head-to-head matchup between the two shows, “Dateline” still came out on top.
Finally, on the CW, reruns of “Masters of Illusion” and “The Big Stage” scored a 0.2 and a 0.1, respectively. Back-to-back episodes of “Peaking” followed on their heels, each at the 0.1’s they held from last week’s finals.
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.4/8||0.6/3||0.5/3||0.5/3||0.1/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||3.87||6.60||3.52||2.94||0.51|
Late-night metered market ratings to come.
Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns.
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Time Shifted Viewing: Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.
Source: The Nielsen Company.