‘Blue Bloods’: Tom Selleck Reveals Why He Believes Show Has Topped Ratings For So Long

by Leanne Stahulak
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For 12 years, “Blue Bloods” has ruled the Friday night ratings, and star Tom Selleck knows why it’s done so well.

Tom Selleck himself, of course, has had a huge impact on “Blue Bloods,” bringing incredible star power to it. But the rest of the cast, which includes Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, and others, also play a key role. Their characters, specifically, really seem to draw the audience in. These characters make audiences care about this family of cops in New York City.

Tom Selleck sat down with TV Insider earlier this year to discuss the staying power of “Blue Bloods” and how it’s dominated the ratings. According to him, the show does so well, “Because it’s a character-driven show.”

“The cop drama is a backdrop for the lives of the five main characters,” Selleck told the outlet. “The audience is so in the heads of these characters that the biggest jeopardy in our show is often when one of the relationships in the Irish Catholic family looks like it’s going south.”

He added, “For instance, Erin [Bridget Moynahan] and Frank are increasingly in conflict the higher she moves up in the DA’s office. The best family dinners are when we argue. When the family gets together, the audience usually knows the character’s problems. So, they’re going, ‘Boy, if he brings that up, that’s not going to sit well with Erin. They want the Reagans happy, that’s the key.”

Interpersonal relationships seem to be at the heart of so many big shows on television these days. “Yellowstone,” “NCIS,” and “Law & Order” all have their fair share of action. But people keep coming back to these telecast shows because they connect to the characters and their struggles. So if “Blue Bloods” wants to continue dominating ratings, they better keep stars like Tom Selleck playing up the family drama.

‘Blue Bloods’ Stars Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Wrap Filming on Season 12

Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, and the rest of the “Blue Bloods” cast wrapped up filming Season 12 this week. Wahlberg relayed the news via Instagram earlier this month.

“That’s a wrap on #BlueBloods season 12!” Wahlberg wrote in his caption. “Makes this #BlueBloods #Friday a little more special. Thanks to all who have supported, and continue to support, me and my TV Family. Enjoy the show tonight, and the next few weeks! Then hopefully, we’re on to season 13 (god willing)!”

At this point, CBS has not revealed whether “Blue Bloods” will be renewed for Season 13 or not. Given how well the show does ratings-wise, however, we’d be shocked if they didn’t get the green light. Until we find out for sure though, tune into more episodes of Season 12 on Fridays on CBS.

Outsider.com