‘Blue Bloods’ Actor Tried ‘Not to Think’ About Ratings, Success in Show’s Early Days

by Megan Molseed

It all comes down to pressure. Or, rather, the desire to avoid pressure, that convinced “Blue Bloods” actor Donnie Wahlberg to not keep tabs on how the hit CBS police drama was doing in the polls during the show’s early days.

For Wahlberg, it’s more important to focus on each episode. Making sure to tell the stories featured as “Blue Bloods” plotlines in the most effective way possible. 

“If I think about it, it only adds pressure,” the “Blue Bloods” actor once told TV Tango in a 2010 interview. “So I just try not to think about it.”

Wahlberg added that it’s important to him that he avoids focusing on things he cannot control. 

“The reality is that I control none of that,” the actor explained. “ I just control what I do, but for anybody dealing with numbers and polls and things like that, the more you look, the more pressure you put on yourself.” 

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“Blue Bloods” premiered on CBS in the fall of 2010. Since its premiere, the hit procedural drama has found a dedicated fan base. The show often pulls in top Friday night ratings. 

During the interview, Wahlberg added that it’s important to not watch the ratings numbers too closely. The actor noted that each episode could pull in a different number of viewers for a variety of reasons. 

“You suddenly start going “What happened?”” Wahlberg said. “The reality is, I think, we’re a couple million viewers more than anyone thought we would get — and that’s good news.” 

Wahlberg, who plays detective Danny Reagan on the hit show, added that the pressure to find the best ratings never completely goes away. 

“There are so many things at stake with every episode, and we treat every episode as very important,” the “Blue Bloods” actor said. 

“I don’t take days off and my cast mates are the same way. They know I come to play every day,” Wahlberg continued. 

For the “Blue Bloods” cast, it’s important that they each focus on what they are able to do to make the series a success. 

“It’s really what we do on set,” Wahlberg told the TV Tango.  

“What the cast talks about is really trying to control what we can control,” the “Blue Bloods” star continued. “That’s finding the right mix of what works for our audience, identifying who they are, and servicing what they want and also servicing our characters as best we can.” 

The actor added that for him, his time on the show is similar to performing live concerts. 

“To me, it’s like a concert everyday, or like a movie everyday or a challenge everyday,” he said. “I want to be as good as I can be everyday.”