Friday Ratings: Lopez and Young Rock Improve NBC Slot; CBS Dramas Grow

In the latest TV show ratings, S.W.A.T., Fire Country and SmackDown tied for the Friday demo win, while Blue Bloods copped the night’s biggest audience.

NBC | Lopez vs. Lopez debuted to 2.5 million viewers, a 0.3 demo rating and an average TVLine reader grade of “C+”; read recap. Leading out of that, Young Rock opened Season 3 and christened its new night with series lows of 1.8 mil/0.2 (reader grade “B+”). Combined, the Friday sitcombo slightly improved on College Bowl‘s Season 2 averages (1.7 mil/0.2) in the hour.

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CBS | S.W.A.T. (4.6 mil/0.4), Fire Country (5.4 mil/0.4) and Blue Bloods (5.9 mil/0.3) all grew in audience from last week, though the latter two dipped in the demo (with Blue Bloods eyeing a series low).

FOX | Following a one-week benching by the World Series, SmackDown (2 mil/0.4) returned down a tick.

THE CW | Penn & Teller: Fool Us (814K/0.1) and Whose Line (633K/0.1) are both up quite sharply in audience — preemptions, anyone…?

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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