‘SWAT’ Scores Big Friday in TV Ratings, But Can’t Match ‘Blue Bloods’

by Josh Lanier

CBS drew a thin blue line in the sand last night as the network scored big numbers with its cop shows SWAT and Magnum, P.I. But the big winner was Blue Bloods, which continued its domination of Friday night

SWAT drew in more than 4.6 million viewers on Friday at 8 p.m. Magnum P.I. got 5.1 million at 9. Blood Blues grabbed more than 5.7 million viewers at 10, according to TV Line. They were the three most-watched last night. ABC’s Shark Tank and 20/20 rounded out the top 5.

But what makes these numbers all the more impressive is that they were all going up against Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. More than 5.3 million people tuned in to watch the Astros beat the Red Sox 5-4. That was a major improvement in eyeballs compared to Game 1 of the 2020 ALCS between the Astros and Rays, TV Line noted.

While millions of people are still tuning in each week to watch the Reagan family hash out their differences at the dinner table, it’s not all good news for Blue Bloods. The total number of viewers each week continues its slow downward trend. According to TVSeriesFinale, which tracks Neilsen ratings, 6.2 million people tuned into the season 12 premiere on Oct. 1. That fell to 5.9 million a week later, and 5.7 million on Friday. The show averaged 6.5 million viewers an episode last season.

But the show remains a ratings smash for CBS. And it’s in the top 5 most-watched shows for the network, despite airing on Fridays, which is typically a dead night for TV viewers. Only NCIS, The Equalizer, FBI, and Young Sheldon (in that order) get more viewers and they all have better time slots.

Bridget Moynahan Discusses Life After ‘Blue Bloods’

Bridget Moynahan recently discussed what she would like to do after the Blue Bloods ends. Don’t panic, Reaganites, the show likely isn’t going anywhere soon with ratings that high. And Moynahan, who plays Manhattan ADA Erin Reagan, isn’t planning on stepping away.

But all good things end, and she’s keeping an eye on the future. And she’s excited about the prospects. Speaking to Yahoo Life recently, the 50-year-old actress said the television world has changed a lot since Blue Bloods started airing in 2010. Streaming services and prestige TV outlets like HBO have created more opportunities for talented women storytellers.

“Every time I see a show like Mare of Easttown or Handmaid’s Tale, I think, God there’s such incredible work out there, such incredible opportunities and such great writing for women,” she said. “So because of that, I feel that next step will open its doors when this wraps, whenever that may be.”