‘Blue Bloods’ Draws Friday’s Largest Audience, Tied With a Classic Christmas Movie

by Megan Molseed
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Friday night’s programming brought in some big audiences for the CBS favorite police procedural Blue Bloods.

In fact, the popular series drew in an audience so large on Friday night, November 27 that it tied one all-time-favorite classic Christmas special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Quite a feat for Blue Bloods to accomplish in any scenario. It’s especially impressive that the popular series did this while airing a rerun throwback; taking fans all the way back to a previous season.

‘Blue Bloods’ Reigns Over Some Major Holiday Classics

Both Blue Bloods and the long-running iconic Dr. Suess holiday special were the winners in ratings for Friday evening. The two rating winners tied for the number one spot with How the Grinch Stole Christmas bringing in a total of 3.2 million viewers right along with Blue Bloods.

During the evening, CBS joined in on the holiday fun as the night of great television progressed pulling in 2.4 million viewers with their airing of another holiday favorite classic, Frosty the Snowman.

Following this special, the Frosty theme continues as our favorite magical snowman entertained audiences in Frosty Returns.

This special brought in a total of two million viewers for the evening.

Then, the popular network moved on from the special holiday programming returning with the popular Magnum PI reboot. This airing of the popular detective series pulled in 2.6 million viewers Friday night. This, of course, falls .6 million viewers short of the Blue Bloods record for the evening. However, it’s still an impressive number, nonetheless!

Other favorite holiday specials that hit the airwaves on Friday evening include 5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas which pulled in 2.2 million viewers.

An Evening of Holiday Cheer

Elsewhere, the fabulous Trolls were back with their singing holiday special pulling in 2.2 million viewers for the special Trolls Holiday in Harmony. The Saturday Night Live annual special, SNL’s Christmas Special fell just short of the two million mark bringing in 1.9 million viewers for the evening.

Over on ABC, another iconic holiday favorite did quite well for the evening. The popular network aired one of our favorite Christmas specials, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. This special brought in some super strong viewership numbers pulling in 2 million for the night.

Following the special, ABC’s 20/20 topped off the evening for the network with 2.4 million viewers that evening.

Over on the CW, the holiday season was in full swing Friday night.

The evening starts off with a Masters of Illusion holiday special. This was followed by a somewhat modern holiday hit, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Masters of Illusion brought in 740 thousand viewers for the night and Grandma pulled in 560 thousand.

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