TV Ratings Friday: Selleck’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Numbers Are Magnum, Crushes NBC’s ‘Outlaw’

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September 25th, 2010

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.8/7 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.737 6.470 2.845 3.986 3.007


CBS took a Friday night victory with Blue Bloods premiering to a good (for Fridays) 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and 12.81 million viewers, obliterating NBC's Outlaw which scored a 1.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.99 million viewers.   Blue Bloods improved versus the premiere of last year's Numb3rs by 22% with adults 18-49.  CSI: NY got off to a good start too, it's 2.0 was down, but only 5% from the premiere of Medium in the time slot last year.  But with the way CBS's Friday ratings sagged from their, I imagine CBS will take it.

CBS' is probably less happy about Medium's 1.4 rating premiering down 39% from last year's Ghost Whisperer premiere and down 33% from its own premiere at 9pm last season.  But given Medium's trend last year, perhaps not much to be surprised about.

Outlaw sunk 51% from its special premiere on September 15, but its 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at least came in ahead of an original Good Guys at 9pm which only pulled a 0.9 rating with adults 18-49 and was beaten by CW's Supernatural (1.2 rating with adults 18-49).  Of course Good Guy's lead-in was a repeat of Human Target that scored only a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.  We'll see what happens next week,  but "doomed fate" and "Good Guys" have seemed synonymous for a while.

CBS won its third night in a row across the board and so far has the top 3 new programs in adults 18-49 and the top five new programs in viewers.

CW beat out ABC and Fox for the night (sure, ABC was 2/3rds reruns, but Fox was only half reruns, again, even when it wasn't CW won outright).  It looks like Smallville had its best outing with adults 18-49 since moving to Fridays.  Here is some more detail on Smallville and Supernatural via the CW (you can''t say they never show these shows any love if their PR folks are working on Saturday morning!).

We don't normally see Univision data for Friday so it isn't in the scoreboard above, but it actually came in second with adults 18-49 for the night with a 1.5 rating average.

Late-night results are below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 24, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Dateline NBC (Season Premiere) 1.4/5 6.48
CBS Medium (Season Premiere) 1.4/5 6.12
CW Smallville (Season Premiere) 1.3/5 2.90
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.2/5 4.17
FOX Human Target (R) 0.6/2 3.11
8:30 ABC Better With You (R) 0.9/3 3.07
9:00 CBS CSI: NY (Season Premiere) 2.0/7 10.28
NBC Dateline NBC (Season Premiere) 1.8/6 7.94
CW Supernatural (Season Premiere) 1.2/4 2.79
FOX The Good Guys (Season Premiere) 0.9/3 2.90
ABC The Whole Truth (R) 0.7/2 2.91
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods (Series Premiere) 2.2/7 12.81
ABC 20/20 1.5/5 5.43
NBC Outlaw (Timeslot Premiere) 1.1/4 4.99

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

• In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.9/4; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.6/4).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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