Friday TV Ratings 10/9/20: NBA Finals Rise, Undercover Boss Strikes a Low (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Although NBA ratings continue to pale in comparison to 2019, game 5 of the NBA finals (2.0) came in a tenth higher than the preliminary number that game four posted (1.9). If it adjusts up a full point like that game, it will end up being the first game of the year to manage a 3.0 A18-49 rating. 'Jimmy Kimmel' (1.3) and 'NBA Countdown' (1.3) led into the game. Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6) came the closest to competing with the alphabet network, steady with its usual data point. NBC's 'Dateline' (0.5) rose a tick from its last episode and led out of an 'American Ninja Warrior' encore (0.3). CBS's 'Undercover Boss' (0.3) took an alarming two-tenth dip after last week's paltry premiere. 'The Greatest #AtHomeVideos (0.4) also shed a tenth at 8 while a repeat of 'Blue Bloods' (0.3) closed things out. And the CW had 0.1s across the board with stable editions of 'Masters of Illusion' and 'World's Funniest Animals'. 

Finals Update: 'Jimmy Kimmel Game Night' (0.6, -0.7) and 'NBA Countdown' (0.7, -0.6) adjusted down. Game 5 of the NBA Finals (3.2, +1.2) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMJimmy Kimmel Live Game Night0.6/52.66ABC

WWE SmackDown0.6/52.18Fox

The Greatest #AtHome Videos0.4/33.27CBS

American Ninja Warrior (R)0.3/21.85NBC

Masters of Illusion0.1/10.52The CW
8:30 PMNBA Countdown

Masters of Illusion (R)



The CW
9 PMNBA Finals Game 53.2/218.89ABC

Undercover Boss0.3/22.74CBS

World's Funniest Animals0.1/10.66The CW
9:30 PMWorld's Funniest Animals (R)0.1/10.71The CW
10 PMDateline NBC0.5/43.09NBC

Blue Bloods (R)0.3/22.98CBS
(R) = repeat

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