Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Breakdown: CW Friday in 2020-21 (Charmed, Dynasty, Masters of Illusion and more!)

It's time for a journey through the CW 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.


2020-21Masters of IllusionMasters of Illusion (R)World's Funniest AnimalsWorld's Funniest Animals (R)13 (-26%)
12 (-46%)13 (-43%)14 (+3%)14 (+2%)
12 (-45%)14 (+3%)


In a fall that was full of summer-esque filler for the CW, Friday night kept getting the Friday summer-esque filler. World's Funniest Animals had its series premiere right at the start of the fall, while Masters was the continuation of a summer season that had premiered in May.


2020-21Whose Line Is It Anyway?Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)Penn and Teller: Fool Us20 (+24%)
24 (+13%)22 (+2%)18 (+54%)
23 (+8%)


The winter saw the return of most of the scripted regulars, so Friday picked up the high-end summer filler and improved compared with last year's scripted options.


2020-21CharmedDynasty11 (-14%)
14 (-17%)8 (-9%)


The scripted options returned deep into the spring, with Charmed coming off a Sunday run earlier in the year while Dynasty had its season premiere in May.

Rating the Ratings

World's Funniest Animals0.10.100.1

Masters of Illusion0.10.110.2-31%14flop-20%detail

World's Funniest Animals: Not the worst filler in the world, as the WFA hour often rose a touch from the Masters of Illusion hour. It's taking on the CW's foray into Saturday night programming this fall. Grade: C.

Masters of Illusion: The Plus in this table uses the 2019-20 league average since it aired mostly in summer 2020. This was worse than usual for this show (most of its run has been a 17ish Plus), but it also ran a lot farther into the next season than usual. Grade: C.

Charmed: Yet another show with a horrible season number that falls in that -15-20% range for the apples-to-apples comparison. Most of these shows have gotten C- but I'll be a little harsher here since it looked rather rough on Sunday in the winter (as we'll see in the Sunday post, it was down close to 50% from the year-ago Supergirl episodes). Grade: D+.

Dynasty: A borderline Blutarsky pretty much all season long, occasionally ekeing out a 0.07 and sometimes dropping to 0.03. Maybe this is a bit harsh since it was only -9% in the spring but these numbers are so small that the percentage change is basically meaningless anyway. It does not have any interest in the linear ratings. Grade: D+.

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 CW Friday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

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

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