NBC’s “Dateline” battled it out with Fox’s WWE “Friday Night Smackdown” for the ratings championship belt on Friday night. While Fox, unsurprisingly, scored in the key 18-49 demographic, it was NBC that took home the highest average total viewership with an average of 2.5 million.
The latest WWE matchup fought its way to a 0.5 demo rating and 2.2 million total viewers, which is the second-largest audience for the brand since July of this year. It comes on the heels of last week, when “Smackdown” drew its largest total audience in a year with 2.4 million tuning in.
ABC’s latest episode of “Shark Tank” also caught viewers’ eye, managing to also secure 2.5 million total viewers. However, the network’s average was pulled down slightly by the 2.3 million that stuck around for a new episode of “20/20,” meaning that ABC came in second for average total viewers.
Here’s how all of primetime broke down across the major broadcasters:
Fox was first in ratings with the WWE “Friday Night Smackdown” airing across primetime to an average 0.5 rating in the key demo, while NBC was first in total viewers with an average of 2.5 million, according to official live plus same-day Nielsen data.
ABC and NBC tied for second in ratings with an average 0.3 in the demo. ABC was second in total viewers with an average of 2.4 million, while Fox was third with an average of 2.2 million.
On NBC, the Capital One “College Bowl” scored a 0.2 and 1.8 million total viewers at 8 p.m. At 9, the premiere of “Dateline” raked in a 0.3 demo rating and 2.8 million total viewers.
For ABC, “Shark Tank” mustered a 0.3 demo rating and 2.5 million total viewers at 8 p.m. “20/20” managed a 0.2 demo rating and 2.3 million total viewers at 9.
CBS was fourth in ratings with an average 0.2 in the demo and in total viewers with an average of 2.1 million. “Secret Celebrity Renovation” aired to a 0.2 demo rating and 2.3 million total viewers at 8 p.m. At 9, CBS previewed its fall lineup, which received a 0.2 in the demo and 1.8 million total viewers. A special rerun of “Young Sheldon” took home a 0.2 demo rating and 1.6 million total viewers at 9:30, and a re-airing of “Blue Bloods” aired in the last hour of primetime to a 0.2 and 2.3 million total viewers.
The CW was fifth in ratings with an average 0.0 in the demo and in total viewers with an average of 172,000. “Killer Camp” got a 0.0 and 160,000 total viewers at 8 p.m., while “Dynasty” had a 0.0 and 185,000 total viewers at 9.
Neither Fox nor The CW air primetime programming at 10 p.m.