Friday TV Ratings 5/15/20: Animated Blacklist Finale Down, Shark Tank Ends Steady (UPDATED)

Friday was finale night for two of Friday's traditionally highest-rated shows.

The Blacklist exited for the season on NBC, stumbling a tenth and hitting a 0.4 in the second half of its special animated finale. The show was in-line with most fall performances, but it couldn't keep up with the COVID-19-boosted from March to April. It ends its season down just 3% year-to-year, an impressive feat no matter the circumstances surrounding it. Dateline NBC dropped a tenth at 9 with the weaker lead-in.

ABC's Shark Tank also said farewell for the season after an incredibly strong Friday run with a steady 0.7. Weaker performances on Sunday caused a 15% drop year-to-year for the show, but it was still one of the shows tha benefited most from the coronavirus boost and it was able to stay very respectable even as that boost went away. All of its performances on Friday easily out-rated the fall comedy block. At 9, 20/20 jumped a tenth, winning both the 9 and 10 PM hours. This lineup is a winner for ABC, with Shark Tank being greatly helped by airing at 8 and 20/20 benefiting from a compatible, strong lead-in.

CBS had two specials to varying degrees of success. A #StayAtHome video compilation that seems like CBS trying to make its own America's Funniest Home Videos did decent at 8 and took second place in the slot.  Bravery & Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line, another coronavirus special, did terrible at 9 with a 0.3 and only 2.4 millon viewers, well below anything that procedural repeats would do in regular circumstances. A repeat of Blue Bloods was dragged down and only drew a below-average 0.3.

Fox's WWE Smackdown held steady at a series low 0.5.

The CW had a Masters of Illusion night that drew 0.1s across the board. At the very least, it attracted more viewers than any of CW's other 0.1s. This will be the only such night on CW this season, as Whose Line? repeats enter next week at 9.

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMShark Tank (F)0.7/54.55ABC

The Greatest #StayAtHome Videos0.5/34.42CBS

WWE Smackdown0.5/42.04Fox

The Blacklist (F) 0.5/34.13NBC

Masters of Illusion (P)0.1/10.76The CW
8:30 PMMasters of Illusion0.1/10.58The CW
9 PM20/200.6/43.68ABC

Dateline NBC0.5/33.49NBC

Bravery & Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line0.3/22.37CBS

Masters of Illusion Anniversary Special0.1/10.67The CW
10 PMBlue Bloods (R)0.3/23.49CBS

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