Fox Is Friday’s Highest-Rated Primetime Network Thanks to ‘WWE Smackdown’

The wrestling event scored the night’s best ratings, but was not broadcast’s most-watched title

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"WWE Smackdown" continues to draw big audiences for Fox. (Steve Haag / Gallo Images)

Fox’s “WWE Smackdown” scored a knockout Friday night as broadcast’s highest-rated show in primetime in the highly-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 0.5 score. However, it was CBS’ “Blue Bloods” that notched the most overall viewers on the night with 2.86 million.

Thanks to the WWE, Fox was the highest-rated network on the night in the advertiser-friendly demo with a 0.52 average score. Despite the strength of “Blue Bloods,” it was actually ABC that secured the largest total average viewership with 2.7 million — “20/20” is the gift that keeps on giving over decades.

You just never know what to expect when it comes to the battle of the broadcasters as live sports, unscripted series and procedural dramas continue to duke it out for America’s attention spans.