Friday TV Ratings 1/1/21: Special RuPaul’s Drag Race Airing Draws Average Ratings for The CW, WWE SmackDown Leads Quiet Night (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: The first day of 2021 was a rather motionless night on broadcast with Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5) taking the lead despite a five-tenth decline. Elsewhere, ABC got decent mileage out of 'Shark Tank' (0.4) and '20/20' (0.4) encores. Those were roughly on-par with NBC's 'Weakest Link' (0.4) and 'Dateline' (0.4) repeats. CBS had less luck with encores of 'MacGyver' (0.2), 'Magnum PI' (0.2), and 'Blue Bloods' (0.3). The CW aired the broadcast debut of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' (0.1) and a 'Masters of Illusion' repeat (0.1). 

Finals Update: The repeats of Shark Tank (+0.1), MacGyver (+0.1), Magnum PI (+0.1),



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMWWE SmackDown0.53/32.01Fox

Shark Tank (R)0.45/22.56ABC

Weakest Link (R)0.38/22.45NBC

MacGyver (R)0.25/13.06CBS

RuPaul's Drag Race (P)
0.10/10.45The CW
9 PM20/20 (R)0.37/22.19ABC

Dateline NBC0.39/22.48NBC

Magnum PI (R)0.26/13.10CBS
9:30 PMMasters of Illusion (R)0.06/00.31The CW
10 PMBlue Bloods (R)0.28/23.53CBS
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat

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