The Tokyo Olympics were once again the Friday night demo winner, scoring a robust 1.9 and just slightly more than 9 million viewers. Team USA’s gold medal win over Team France was the big draw, as the Kevin Durant-led squad won the fourth consecutive gold for the U.S. in the sport.
Elsewhere, Fox’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown was a strong runner-up, scoring an 0.6 and eclipsing two million viewers for the fourth consecutive week since returning to live events on July 16.
On CBS, a new Secret Celebrity Renovation came in with an 0.2, as country music star Lauren Alaina returned to help a former coach. Love Island was a slight bump-up from there, coming in with an 0.3. The eye network capped its night with the traditional Blue Bloods rerun.
ABC had reruns of Shark Tank and newsmag 20/20.
The CW saw its airings of Burden of Truth and Dynasty barely register, both coming in at an 0.0., essentially a “friends and family” level.