CBS Conquers Friday Interrupted By Donald Trump For Syria Bombing News


CBS continued to dominate a Donald Trump-interrupted Friday, with Hawaii Five-O taking honors in the key 18-49 age bracket and Blue Bloods topping the night in total viewers.

It marked CBS’s 21st Friday win of the season in total viewers. It also scored the network’s 20th Friday victory in the demo, where the network stayed steady.

MacGyver (0.8 demo rating, 6.46 million viewers) took 8 PM in both metrics, with an 87% over closest competitor in overall audience. NBC’s Taken (0.5, 3.45M) came closest in total viewers, while Fox’s 8-10 PM broadcast of Trump-interrupted MasterChef Junior, (0.7, 2.96M) came in second in the overall crowd. Taken marked a series high in overall crowd, though its early stats may be inflated due to NBC stations in Top-10 markets Philly and San Francisco airing Major League Baseball.

President Trump went live across broadcast and cable news networks at 9:01 ET to announce that he had authorized air strikes on targets in Syria. “A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” the president said in a nearly eight-minute address.

Trump-delayed Hawaii Five-O (0.9, 7.15M) finished first in both metrics at 9 PM, topping the night in the demo, and outstripping closest hour competitor in viewers by 77%. MasterChef Junior did best against CBS in the demo in this hour, while NBC’s 9-11 PM Trump/Dateline (0.7, 4.15M) was the time slot’s No. 2 in total viewers.

At 10 PM, Blue Bloods (0.8, 8.11M) topped its combined competition by nearly 2 million viewers; that competition included ABC’s 20/20 (0.4, 1.91M).

All three ABC hours declined week-to-week, with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (0.4, 1.96M) appearing to drop to a new series demo low, though that 9 PM drama was among those impacted by Trump interruption.

CBS (0.8, 7.24M) finished first in prime time, followed by Fox (0.7, 2.96M) in the demo and NBC (0.6, 3.92M) in total viewers. ABC (0.4, 2.05M) finished fourth in both metrics, followed by CW (0.2, 917K).

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