FOX's 'WWE Smackdown' and the CW's 'Masters of Illusion' were the only two original programs airing on the broadcast nets Friday night' 'Smackdown' easily led among adults 18-49 (0.5 rating) and 18-34 (0.3) and was modest among total viewers (2.07 million). 'Illusion' was much lower at 0.1 in the demo with 753,000 viewers. The most-viewed telecast on broadcast was a rerun of 'Magnum, P.I.' on CBS (4.08 million).
It was another strong night for cable news with FOX News's regular line-up taking the top three spots on the day in 18-49, 25-54, and total viewers. 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' (0.33 in 18-49/0.52 in 25-54, 3.88 million) was the best, followed by 'Hannity' (0.32/0.49, 3.71 million), and 'The Ingraham Angle' (0.25/0.44, 3.16 million). Interestingly, MSNBC's 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (0.24/0.35, 2.92 million) fared much better than anything on CNN though 'CNN Tonight' (0.21/0.33, 1.34 million) was close. Other cable news programs were 'Cuomo Primetime' at 8pm (0.17/0.29, 1.42 million) & 9pm (0.19/0.32, 1.46 million), and 'Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' (0.14/0.23, 1.88 million).
VH1's 'RuPaul All Stars' (567,000 viewers) was the best non-news program on cable among adults 18-49 (0.25 rating), and had the best numbers of the day in adults 18-34 (0.30), females 12-34 (02.3), and males 12-34 (0.24). Lead-out 'Untucked All Stars' (0.19, 434,000) was at 0.23/0.13/0.23 in those respective demos. Over at WEtv, 'Mama June From Hot or Not' (0.24, 954,000) saw cable's best numbers among women 18-49 (0.33 rating).
Other programs of note include:
-Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Food Network): 0.23/942,000
-90 Day Fiance (TLC): 0.21/1.074 million
-House Hunters (HGTV, 10pm): 0.21/1.259 million
-Bering Sea Gold (Discovery): 0.21/1.157 million
-House Hunters (HGTV, 10:30pm): 0.21/1.235 million
-Gold Rush White Water Special (Discovery): 0.17/1.002 million
-Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO): 0.13/1.093 million
-Live Rescue (A&E): 0.11/513,000
-American Pickers Best Of (History): 0.11/895,000
-American Pickers (History): 0.11/808,000
-Comedy Central Stand-up (Comedy Central): 0.09/236,000
-Coop & Cami Ask the World (Disney Channel): 0.08/351,000
-Sydney to the Max (Disney Channel): 0.08/392,000
-Graveyard Carz (Motor Trend): 0.07/263,000
-Friday Night In (AMC): 0.05/131,000
-Master Minds (GSN, 4pm): 0.04/582,000
-Hot Rod Garage (Motor Trend): 0.04/209,000
-Master Minds (GSN, 8:30pm): 0.03/419,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research