‘Blue Bloods’ Star Tom Selleck Had No Qualms About Show Airing on Friday Nights

by Samantha Whidden

His hit series Blue Bloods has been airing on Friday nights since September 2010, but that didn’t stop Tom Selleck from being optimistic about the series gaining popularity through the years. 

During an interview with AssignmentX, Selleck revealed he has no qualms about Blue Bloods airing on Friday nights. “If it’s good, [viewers will] probably watch. I did one of these [press tours] a long time ago for Magnum and I got the same question. Because Thursday nights were one of the lowest-viewing nights of the week when Magnum started.”

Selleck shrugged off the idea of having to worry about Blue Bloods being on Friday nights. “It’s kind of out of our hands anyway. I’m just delighted to be on the air.”

Despite being on Friday nights, Blue Bloods debuted its pilot episode on September 24, 2010, and had 13.01 million viewers. The season ended with The Blue Templar finale, which saw 11.79 million viewers. Since the series premiered, its seasons have averaged between 12 million to 14 million viewers. It is currently in its twelfth season and it has nearly 240 episodes. 

Tom Selleck Shares More Details About His ‘Blue Bloods’ Character 

While also chatting with AssignmentX about his character, Frank Reagan, Tom Selleck shared more details about the character. “[Frank Reagan] is the Commissioner. He came up shrug the ranks and was a beat cop,” Selleck explained. He then said that he thinks of the character as a matter of leadership.

The Blue Bloods star admitted that his character prefers to wear his chief’s uniform in most of the scenes. “I think this is very important for this character, who I’m still finding out a lot about, was to wear that uniform. The Commissioner doesn’t always do that.”

Selleck also discussed why he wanted to make sure Blue Bloods was shot in New York City. “When I heard thoughts of ‘well maybe we’ll shoot [the show] somewhere else.’ I said, ‘Look, it’s difficult for me to argue that shooting a show about New York City won’t be better shot than in New York City.”

Tom Selleck Reveals Why ‘Blue Bloods’ Has Lasted As Long As It Has 

During a 2020 interview with TV Insider, Tom Selleck discussed why the show has lasted for as long as it has. “This show has lasted because the characters have been allowed to grow and change,” Selleck answered. He said the show’s potential is “limitless” in his opinion.

Selleck also stated that the Blue Bloods cast seems to love each other and he sure loves his co-stars. He then noted that each of the actors re doing phenomenal work. “Everybody’s very much aware that this is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A show that’s found its way and is welcomed by an audience.”