‘Blue Bloods’ Declares ‘You Can Always Count on Pop’ in New Len Cariou Pic

by Leanne Stahulak

Family plays a huge role in “Blue Bloods,” so much so that we see the Reagans sit down together for Sunday dinners in every episode.

A key member of the family is Henry “Pops” Reagan, played by Len Cariou. Henry is the father of Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and the grandfather to Frank’s kids Erin (Bridget Moynahan), Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), and Jamie (Will Estes). He appears in over 230 episodes of the long-running CBS police drama, offering advice and words of wisdom to different characters.

Pops also served as the New York Police Department Police Commissioner before his son. He joined the NYPD in 1952 and returned sometime in the early 2000s. Now, he talks to Frank about the job and what it was like when he was working it.

The official “Blue Bloods” Twitter account posted a photo of Pops earlier today. In the photo, we see him sitting down and talking to Anthony Abetmarco (Steven R. Schirripa). He’s opening a mysterious envelope that Abetmarco gave him. After seeing what’s in the envelope, Pops says he’ll “make the call” to the right people.

The show’s Twitter account references that line in the caption for the post. “You can always count on Pops to make the call. Watch the latest episode of #BlueBloods now on @ParamountPlus.”

“Blue Bloods” just kicked off its latest season last week. Episode 2 premiered only a couple of days ago on Friday, and now, it’s available for streaming on Paramount Plus. According to Grounded Reason, viewers with a certain Paramount Plus plan can live stream the CBS show when it airs on Friday nights. Otherwise, it’s available on-demand the next day for regular streaming.

How Is ‘Blue Bloods’ Doing Ratings-Wise?

Friday nights are a rough spot for cable TV shows. Too many people would rather be out doing other things on Friday nights, not staying in to watch TV. However, out of all the Friday night premieres, “Blue Bloods” by far does the best.

Last week, the police procedural brought in 5.7 million viewers. A fairly strong turnout despite its timeslot. But it’s not quite as good as when the first episode premiered with 6.3 million viewers the week before.

CBS turned out well for its other shows too. “SWAT” drew 4.6 million viewers while “Magnum P.I.” drew 5 million. “Shark Tank,” on ABC, only pulled in 3.6 million viewers, but it had the best demo rating at 0.5. It tied for the best rating of the night with Fox’s “Friday Night Smackdown.”

We’ll see if “Blue Bloods” and other shows’ ratings and viewership increase in the coming weeks. The colder it gets, the more people will stay inside on Friday nights.