Friday TV Ratings 12/8/23: Norman Lear Special Low, Shark Tank Rises After Break, WWE SmackDown Also Up (UPDATED w/Analysis)

Ratings Analysis: CBS honored legendary sitcom producer Norman Lear with the special Norman Lear: A Life on Television (0.21), but its performance in the Adults 18-49 demographic left much to be desired. Raid the Cage (0.20, -0.04) declined in the 9 p.m. time slot and was followed by the usual Blue Bloods rerun (0.17). Fox's WWE Smackdown (0.63, +0.04) grew a bit and returned to its position as Friday night champion. Shark Tank (0.36, +0.02) and 20/20 (0.33, +0.07) were both up on ABC after taking a few weeks off. NBC's broadcast of 2017 film Despicable Me 3 (0.19) did not impress and dragged down Dateline (0.21, -0.06). FBoy Island (0.04, 0.00) held flat for its CW finale, but Penn & Teller (0.07, -0.01) shed a hundredth. 

Finals Update: Shark Tank (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating

18-49 Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMWWE SmackDown0.6392.38Fox

Shark Tank0.3643.28ABC

Norman Lear: A Life on Television0.2133.07CBS

Despicable Me 30.1921.42NBC

Penn & Teller: Fool Us0.0710.61The CW
9 PM20/200.3343.09ABC

Raid the Cage0.2022.19CBS

FBoy Island (F)0.0400.19The CW
10 PMDateline NBC0.2121.80NBC

Blue Bloods (R)0.1722.25CBS
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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