Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The Breakdown: ABC Friday in 2020-21 (Shark Tank, 20/20)

It's time for a journey through the ABC Friday schedule in 2020-21...

NOTE: In addition to classic A18-49+, Breakdown posts with 2019-20 ratings also use CVPlus, comparing spring ratings against a higher league average due to viewership inflation from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. See here for more. Also see here for information on the 2020-21 league average.


2019-20American HousewifeFresh Off the Boat20/2066
2020-21Shark Tank20/2082 (+24%)
101 (+53%)73 (+10%)73 (+10%)


ABC stuck with its spring 2020 lineup of Shark Tank and two hours of 20/20 throughout the 2020-21 season. When compared with last year's 8/7c comedy hour, Shark Tank produced massive gains, and 20/20 was up noticeably as well. Shark Tank consistently set records for the 8/7c hour in the Plus era since the other comparable Shark Tank seasons had aired at 9/8c.


2019-20American HousewifeFresh Off the Boat20/2072
2020-21Shark Tank20/2095 (+32%)
115 (+80%)86 (+12%)86 (+12%)


Shark Tank followed up its solid fall with a somewhat noticeable winter bounce, posting several 0.8's in January and into early February: some of the strongest episodes in the history of the series in Plus. 20/20 perked up quite a bit as well after the new year, with a bunch of high 0.6's in the winter period.


2019-20Shark Tank20/2079
2020-21Shark Tank20/2080 (+1%)
97 (+6%)71 (-2%)71 (-2%)


The ratings declined in the spring, but Shark Tank still impressively managed to edge the CVPlus of the big post-lockdown episodes from spring 2020.

Rating the Ratings

Shark Tank*0.40.670.8-4%103hit(Fri)+22%detail

Shark Tank: One thing that should now be clear is that this show just belongs on Friday. After a rather up-and-down history on Sunday, this season zoomed back up to levels that would be right at home during the show's Friday heyday in the mid-2010s. The winter bounce and actually topping the lockdown episodes were both really nice accomplishments. Grade: A-.

20/20: You can definitely make the case that this show was "Truly" only about break-even, since it was break-even in the spring and had massive lead-in upgrades in the other two periods. But I'm gonna be a little kinder since, like with Shark Tank, this season's Plus ranked on the high end historically. This is about the Plus 20/20 was posting when it followed the aforementioned peak Shark Tank seasons circa 2015. Grade: B+.

The names in this last table link to the shows' War of 18-49 pages. Links with an asterisk(*) have been updated with the new info. Updates to younger shows will come later in the summer.

Previous Breakdowns for ABC Friday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for ABC Friday.

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