Millions of fans flipped on their TV sets to watch Blue Bloods Friday night, giving CBS a decisive viewership win.
Friday night is a tough one, anyway, for TV numbers, considering a ton of Americans try to be out of the house, doing something else, on the last day of the workweek. Blue Bloods drew an audience of 5.7 million. The number easily won its time slot and bested all network shows for the night. But it did slip a bit from the Blue Bloods premiere a week ago. That audience was 6.3 million.
The other CBS shows fared well, too. S.W.A.T. drew an audience of 4.6 million with Magnum P.I. at 5 million. ABC’s Shark Tank made its fall premiere Friday with 3.6 million. But it pulled a rating of .5 in the key advertising demo of 18 to 49. That tied for best of the evening with Fox’s Friday Night Smackdown.
The Friday Blue Bloods episode was called “Times Like These.”
According to the CBS preview summary: “Tension escalates between Frank and Mayor Chase (Dylan Walsh) after Frank makes a public arrest that goes viral. Also, Danny and Baez investigate a gang attack that takes an unexpected turn; Jamie worries when Eddie lies to him about where she’s going in the evenings; and Anthony secretly recruits the Reagans for help with a surprise for Erin.”
Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) arrested a man who bugged drivers when he’d start washing windshields without permission. Turns out, the guy got caught stealing money out of the cars. It’s not a crime the police commissioner normally deals with, but Frank had the man arrested. Someone video taped it. And the video went viral. The mayor was irritated with Frank, who feels he doesn’t need to apologize for what he did. Click here for a full recap.
Will Frank Decide to Leave in Next Week’s Blue Bloods?
CBS says next week’s episode is called “Protective Instincts.” And according to the episode summary: “Frank must decide between remaining police commissioner and pursuing a new professional chapter when his old friend Lenny Ross (Treat Williams) presents him with an exciting job offer. Also, Sean puts Jamie and Eddie in a tough position when he tries his hand at the family business behind his father Danny’s back, and Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a restaurant delivery man.”
Meanwhile, if you like to analyze TV numbers, CBS is reeling in the viewers. The Wrap did an analysis of shows from premiere week, which ran Sept. 20-26. The site didn’t include live sports programming, just scripted series and reality shows. And it also added together the numbers of viewers who watched the shows live and those who saw them on their DVR or next-day streaming.
CBS owned the top two shows in total viewers — NCIS (12.4 million) and FBI (10.5 million). FBI: Most Wanted ranked fourth (10.5 million) with NCIS: Hawai’i finishing sixth (9.9 million) and FBI: International in eighth with 9.2 million. But for some context at how well the NFL is doing this year, seven of the top eight shows were football games.
Blue Bloods didn’t start until Oct. 1. And two other big CBS shows — The Equalizer and NCIS: Los Angeles will premiere Sunday night.