Entertainment Friday Ratings: No Surprise, As ‘Shark Tank’ Again The Victor, But ‘MacGyver’ Draws A Crowd
Ratings: March Madness Boosts Rerun-Heavy CBS to Top Sunday Primetime
With the exception of "60 Minutes," CBS aired all reruns Sunday night, but the broadcast network still managed to top primetime thanks to a very strong afternoon lead-in: the opening weekend of March Madness. CBS was first in ratings with a 0.7 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., that 2021 NCAA Men's BasketballCBS was first in ratings with a 0.7 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., that 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament-boosted "60 Minutes" scored a 1.4/11 and 8.8 million viewers.
There was little mystery at the top of Friday’s ratings demos. As per usual,’s Shark Tank topped the night, bringing in an 0.7. It was also a strong night for perennial Friday favorite WWE Friday Night SmackDown on , which had an 0.6 in demos.
But the real intrigue concerned the reaction to the announcement that’s MacGyver would conclude by the end of the month. Would loyal fans make an effort to show up? Would new and curious randoms bolster the program?
The answer is a little of both. While MacGyver’s demo slipped a bit to an 0.4, its overall audience was up by more than four percent to 4.52 million, perhaps indicating that older fans are stopping by for one last look at the reboot.
NHL postpones Wednesday's Calgary-Vancouver game
The NHL has decided to ere on the side of caution as a result of Adam Gaudette’s positive COVID-19 test. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that tonight’s game between the Canucks and Flames has been postponed. TSN’s Frank Seravalli tweets that the decision was made after more information has surfaced regarding Vancouver’s test results; that information obviously has not yet been made public.
The trailing crime dramas on CBS, Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods, both scored an 0.5 and grew the audience, with Blue Bloods having the night’s largest overall audience at 6.16 million.
Elsewhere,’s The Blacklist interrupted its new episode flow with a rerun, leading into an 0.4 for NBC’s Dateline, which examined the murder case of a Michigan woman.
ABC’s 20/20 topped the newsmag wars on the night, bringing in an 0.5 for its story on the Gainesville murder spree of the 1990s.
had back-to-back reruns of Whose Line is it Anyway? to start the night, with a new Penn & Teller: Fool Us coming in with an 0.1.
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Oscars Viewership Falls 56% to All-Time Low .
2021 show was down more than 60% in ratings among adults 18-49 The final ratings results are in for the 2021 Oscars, and they don't look much better than the preliminary numbers for Sunday's hostless awards show, which took place at Union Station in Los Angeles and aired live on ABC from 8-11:17 p.m. ET. According to time-zone adjusted Nielsen data, the 93rd annual Academy Awards drew 10.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. Those numbers include out-of-home viewing, and are down -56% in viewers (vs. 23.6 million total viewers in 2020) and 60.4% in ratings (vs. a 5.3 rating) from the 2020 show.