TV Ratings: 'Blue Bloods' nabs big premiere on CBS

blue-bloods2-320.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

"CSI: NY" with new lead Sela Ward and "Blue Bloods," the new cop drama starring Tom Selleck, both brought in big Friday night numbers, letting CBS cruise to a sizable win over second place NBC.

CBS' overall average was 9.7 million viewers with a 6.2 rating/12 share in households. NBC was next in second with 6.5 million, 4.5/8. ABC was a third with 3.99 million, 2.7/5, despite showing mostly reruns. FOX came in fourth at 3 million, 1.9/4 and the CW's Friday debuts were fifth with 2.8 million, 1.7/3.

The adults 18-49 title also went to CBS, which scored a 1.8 rating in the demographic. NBC was next with 1.4 and then the CW was third with a 1.2. ABC (1.1) and FOX (0.8) round out the networks.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC: "Dateline: NBC" premiere (6.5 million, 4.5/9)
CBS: "Medium" premiere (6.1 million viewers, 4.0/8 households)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (4.2 million, 2.6/5)/"Better With You" rerun (3.1 million, 2.1/4)
FOX: "Human Target" rerun (3.1 million, 2.0/4)
The CW: "Smallville" premiere (2.9 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "Dateline: NBC" and "Medium" (1.4)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" premiere (10.3 million, 6.5/12)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (7.9 million, 5.4/10)
ABC: "The Whole Truth" rerun (2.9 million, 2.0/4)
FOX: "The Good Guys" premiere (2.9 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "Supernatural" premiere (2.8 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (2.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Blue Bloods" series premiere (12.7 million, 7.9/15)
ABC: "20/20" premiere (5.9 million, 4.1/8)
NBC: "Outlaw" (4.9 million, 3.4/7)

18-49 leader: "Blue Bloods" (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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