TV Ratings: The Blacklist Returns Down

the blacklist season 8 episode 1 premiere nbc

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Blacklist opened Season 8 on Friday night with 3.6 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating, down from its previous averages (4.3 mil/0.55) and matching its series low in the demo.

That said, The Blacklist gave NBC its best audience in the Friday leadoff spot since May 15, and teed up Dateline for its largest audience since mid-July. TVLine readers gave the premiere an average grade of “B+”; read our post mortem.

ABC’s Shark Tank (4.3 mil/0.7) was right on par with its previous regularly scheduled outing and led Friday in both measures.

Fox’s Friday Night SmackDown (2.1 mil/0.6) ticked down week-to-week.

Leading out of a MacGyver rerun (I forgot what an adorkable hoot Jeri Ryan’s Aunt Gwen was), CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.4 mil/0.3) matched its previous outing.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.

Want scoop on any of the above shows? Email InsideLine@tvline.com and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

GET MORE: Premieres, TV Ratings