TV Ratings Friday: Blue Bloods improves, WWE Smackdown falls – TV by the Numbers

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Friday, October 11, 2019

The numbers for Friday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. WWE Friday Night SmackDown (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/6 2.90
Hawaii Five-O (CBS) 0.7/4 6.95
The Blacklist (NBC) 0.5/3 3.78
American Housewife (ABC) 0.5/3 3.44
Charmed (The CW) – P 0.2/1 0.70
8:30 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 0.3/2 2.33
9 p.m. Magnum P.I. (CBS) 0.6/3 6.41
Dateline (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.73
20/20 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.4/2 2.40
Dynasty (The CW) – P 0.1/1 0.46
10 p.m. Blue Bloods (CBS) 0.7/4 7.55


“Blue Bloods” had its best Friday night of the season so far.

The veteran CBS series scored a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, up from the 0.6s that its previous two episodes posted, and raked in the night’s largest audience (7.55 million viewers). “Hawaii Five-O” (0.7) and “Magnum P.I.” (0.6), meanwhile, both matched their ratings from a week ago.

FOX’s “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” topped the night in the 18-49 demo for the second week in a row, despite falling notably from the 1.4 its FOX premiere scored last week to a 1.0 with 2.9 million viewers this time around.

ABC’s “American Housewife” stayed even with another 0.5, but it was a less steady night for “Fresh Off the Boat” (0.3), which fell another tenth week-to-week. Another 2-hour “20/20” capped off the night for the network with a 0.4 average rating, also down one-tenth from its broadcast last Friday.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “The Blacklist” grabbed the same 0.5 as its season premiere a week ago, while “Dateline” ticked up from its previous 0.5 to a 0.6.

On the CW, “Charmed” made its Friday night debut, with its season 2 premiere raking in a 0.2 and 696,000 viewers, steady with its season 1 finale, but predictably down from its overall 2018-19 averages when it aired on Sunday nights. The season 3 premiere of “Dynasty” followed it with a 0.1 and 464,000 viewers, similarly down just a small tick from its performance last season.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/6 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 2.90 6.70 3.75 2.56 0.58



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. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
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.


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