ABC's '20/20' led a very slow night on both broadcast and cable, averaging a 0.56 18-49 rating and saw growth from its 'Shark Tank' rerun lead-in in people over 50 (6 share vs. 5 share) and total viewers (3.93 million vs. 3.57 million). On FOX, 'WWE Friday Night Smackdown' (0.51 rating, 1.99 million) brought in broadcast's best numbers in adults 18-34 (0.3 rating), and on the CW, a new episode of 'Masters of Illusion' (0.10, 660,000) was a speck. NBC and CBS were all in reruns for the night though notably, CBS's 10pm rerun of 'Blue Bloods' was the most watched program on either broadcast or cable (4.23 million), but also skewed quite old with an 8 share in people over 50.
On the cable side, news programming took up 14 of the top 15 spots on the day with Fox News's 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' leading in adults 18-49 (0.39), 25-54 (0.65) and total viewers (4.068 million). Lead-out 'Hannity' was close behind at 0.37/0.63 in those respective demos (also 4.068 million viewers), but 'The Ingraham Angle' lagged a bit at 0.28/0.49 and 3.4 million.
The top airing for CNN was 10pm's 'CNN Tonight' at 0.38 in 18-49, 0.56 in 25-54 and 1.96 million viewers. Next was 9pm's 'Cuomo Primetime' (0.34/0.52, 2.04 million) and 11pm's 'CNN Tonight' (0.32/0.49, 1.61 million). 'Anderson Cooper 360' was at 0.31/0.49 and 2 million viewers.
Over at MSNBC, 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (0.26/0.40, 3.15 million) was way ahead of 'Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' (0.19/0.29, 2.1 million) which itself was a tick ahead of 'All In with Chris Hayes' (0.17/0.26, 2.03 million).
Outside of cable news, VH1's 'RuPaul Allstars' (615,000 viewers) brought in the day's best numbers among adults 18-34 (0.33 rating) & males 12-34 (0.28), and was second in females 12-34 (0.26) behind Nickelodeon's 'Spongebob' (0.29, 793,000 viewers). Lead-out 'Untucked: All Stars' was at 0.26/0.24/0.19 in those demos with 503,000 viewers.
Other programs of note include:
-Mama June: Hot or Not (WEtv): 0.25/1.009 million
-House Hunters (HGTV, 10:30pm): 0.25/1.224 million
-House Hunters (HGTV, 10pm): 0.23/1.262 million
-Bering Sea Gold (Discovery): 0.19/1.15 million
-Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO): 0.18/1.219 million
-Gold Rush Special (Discovery): 0.19/819,000
-Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Food Network): 0.14/381,000
-Comedy Central Stand-up (Comedy Central): 0.13/344,000
-Paw Patrol (Nickelodeon): 0.11/538,000
-Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery): 0.10/431,000
-Sydney to the Max (Disney Channel): 0.10/388,000
-American Pickers (History): 0.09/902,000
-Coop & Cami Ask the World (Disney Channel): 0.07/374,000
-Graveyard Carz (Motor Trend): 0.06/253,000
-Sherman's Showcase (AMC): 0.06/184,000
-Lockup (Nat Geo, 9pm): 0.06/248,000
-Dirt Every Day (Motor Trend): 0.05/185,000
-Lockup (Nat Geo, 8pm): 0.04/186,000
-Master Minds (GSN): 0.04/434,000
-Betty (HBO): 0.04/172,000
-Hot Rod Garage (Motor Trend): 0.03/198,000
-The Split (Sundance TV): 0.02/126,000
-Trackers (Cinemax): 0.00/38,000
-McCallum (Ovation, 12pm): 0.00/38,000
-McCallum (Ovation, 2pm): 0.00/36,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research via ShowBuzzDaily