Friday TV Ratings 5/19/23: Shark Tank and SWAT Slip for Finales, Fire Country Ends Steady, Blue Bloods Higher on Finale Night (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Though it remains one of Friday's top shows, ABC's 'Shark Tank' (0.35, -0.02) closed out its season on a rather soft note. The unscripted staple declined by two-hundredths from its previous episode and only stayed two ticks above its season low. Following 'Tank', '20/20' (0.19, -0.09) unexpectedly crumbled to a new season low. On CBS, 'SWAT' (0.35, -0.01) shed a hundredth while 'Fire Country' (0.35, 0.00) held steady for its finale. At 10, 'Blue Bloods' (0.34, +0.06) shot up to its highest rating since early April, thus finishing the season in strong fashion. NBC went with a rerun of 'That's My Jam' (0.21) and a 'Dateline' original (0.30, +0.03) that trampled '20/20' head-on. Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.53, -0.03) inched down but easily remained the evening's top program. Over on the CW, 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.06, 0.00) held even but could only tie the repeat of 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.06) that led into it. 'The Great American Joke Off' (0.05, +0.01) picked up a precious hundredth at 9:30.

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings. 



18-49 Rating

18-49 Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMWWE SmackDown0.536.12.13Fox

SWAT (F)0.354.14.65CBS

Shark Tank (F)0.354.13.35ABC

That's My Jam (R)

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R) CW
9 PMFire Country (F)0.353.75.32CBS

Dateline NBC0.303.22.65NBC


Whose Line Is It Anyway? CW
9:30 PMThe Great American Joke Off0.050.50.32The CW
10 PMBlue Bloods (F)0.343.65.78CBS
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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