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Ratings: On-the-Bubble S.W.A.T. Grows Audience, NBA and WWE Lead Friday

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“Bunkies” – The team races to uncover the identities of kidnappers holding a prison guard’s family hostage before it’s too late. Also, Tan is faced with a difficult personal decision, on S.W.A.T., Friday, April 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* Pictured (L-R): Patrick St. Esprit as Commander Robert Hicks, Anna Enger Ritch as Powell, and Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson. Photo: Bill Inoshita/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s NBA Playoffs coverage and Fox’s SmackDown led Friday in the demo, while two CBS dramas delivered the night’s biggest audiences.

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ABC | NBA Playoffs Round 1 coverage of the Knicks vs. Cavs averaged 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating.

FOX | Friday Night SmackDown (2.1 mil/0.5) dipped week-to-week.

CBS | SWAT (5.2 mil/0.4) and Fire Country (5.7 mil/0.4) were both steady in the demo, with the former also copping its best audience since Feb. 10 (as it still awaits word on renewal). Blue Bloods (5.7 mil/0.3) dipped in both measures, tying its demo low.

THE CW | Leading out of a Penn & Teller rerun, Whose Line (520K/0.1) and The Great American Joke Off [sic] (370K/0.1) both dropped some eyeballs.

NBC | Tuesday-bound Lopez vs. Lopez (1.2 mil/0.3) was steady, as was Grand Crew (1.2 mil/0.2) ahead of next week’s season (?) finale.

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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. This is only an exhibition, this is not a competition. Please, no wagering.

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