Friday TV Ratings 5/26/23: Star Trek Into Darkness Low, Soul of a Nation Special Weak, Declining WWE SmackDown Easily Leads (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.52, -0.01) shed a hundredth but more than doubled all other competitors in the Adults 18-49 demographic on a particularly dull Friday evening. ABC's 'The New Face of Hollywood' special (0.20) (packaged under the "Soul of a Nation" branding) had a very dismal performance, so much so that the rerun of '20/20' (0.23) that followed outpaced it by a few ticks. But though the alphabet network struggled, it was CBS's broadcast of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' (0.15) that reached laughable levels. NBC was on slightly stronger footing than CBS with its reruns of 'That's My Jam' (0.23) and 'Dateline' (0.23). The CW's reruns of 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.07), 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.06), and 'The Great American Joke Off' (0.05) performed about the same as first-run episodes do.

Finals Update: Repeats of 'That's My Jam' (-0.1) and 'Dateline NBC' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating

18-49 Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMWWE SmackDown0.526.92.16Fox

That's My Jam (R)

The New Face of Hollywood0.202.61.81ABC

Star Trek Into Darkness0.152.02.08CBS

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R) CW
9 PMDateline NBC (R)

20/20 (R)

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) CW
9:30 PMThe Great American Joke Off (R) CW
(R) = repeat

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