Ratings: S.W.A.T. Draws Friday’s Biggest Audience, SmackDown Dominates in Demo

In the latest TV ratings, CBS’ recently un-cancelled S.W.A.T. was Friday’s most-watched show, with lead-outs Fire Country and Blue Bloods both preempted this week by an encore of Billy Joel: The 100th – Live at Madison Square Garden.

S.W.A.T. drew 4.3 million total viewers, down just 6% week-to-week. CBS’ Billy Joel concert encore played to 2.9 million viewers, after Sunday’s initial, truncated airing racked up 6.3 million (in Live+3 numbers).

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Over on ABC, the penultimate episode of Shark Tank Season 15 delivered 2.9 million viewers, steady week-to-week.

Fox’s Friday Night SmackDown ticked down week-to-week but still dominated the night in the demo, with a 0.6 rating. In total viewers (2.19 mil), now further removed from WrestleMania XL fervor, it dipped 12%.

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