Friday TV Ratings 6/17/22: Dateline Amber Heard Interview Weak, Juneteenth and Watergate Specials Very Low, WWE SmackDown Bounces Back (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: NBC attempted to mine for ratings gold by airing a 'Dateline' interview with Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard (0.27), but the telecast made almost no noise in the 8PM hour. Though it did rate higher than Fox's TMZ special about the Depp-Heard debacle (0.17), this number was a good bit below last week's normal edition of 'Dateline' (0.40). The peacock network slipped even more from there with a rerun of 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.16). ABC had even less luck with 'Sound of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration' (0.24), but a rerun of '20/20' (0.32) picked up the pace from there. CBS series 'Come Dance with Me' (0.18, -0.02) dropped by two-hundredths and led into a 'Watergate' special (0.14) that probably would have done better a couple decades ago. On the Fox network, wrestling program 'WWE Smackdown' (0.57, +0.13) shot up to a shockingly strong rating and topped the night altogether. The CW had reruns of 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.07) and 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.05/0.05).

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMWWE SmackDown0.57/72.29Fox

Dateline NBC - Amber Heard: After the Verdict0.27/32.31NBC

Sound of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration0.24/31.96ABC

Come Dance with Me 0.18/22.08CBS

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)0.07/10.62The CW
9 PM20/20 (R)0.32/42.61ABC

American Ninja Warrior (R)0.16/21.18NBC

Watergate: High Crimes in the White House0.14/21.75CBS

World's Funniest Animals (R)0.05/10.49The CW
9:30 PMWorld's Funniest Animals (R)0.05/10.46The CW
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