Friday TV ratings: Blue Bloods down, Magnum P.I. up

"Cutting Losses" -- Danny contemplates retiring until Erin enlists him to help her with a case involving her ex-husband, Jack (Peter Hermann). Also, Jamie and Eddie go undercover as a couple, and Frank butts heads with the new mayor of New York City, Margaret Dutton (Lorraine Bracco), on the eighth season premiere of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Sept. 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Lorraine Bracco guest stars as the new Mayor Margaret Dutton, Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan. Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2017CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
"Cutting Losses" -- Danny contemplates retiring until Erin enlists him to help her with a case involving her ex-husband, Jack (Peter Hermann). Also, Jamie and Eddie go undercover as a couple, and Frank butts heads with the new mayor of New York City, Margaret Dutton (Lorraine Bracco), on the eighth season premiere of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Sept. 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Lorraine Bracco guest stars as the new Mayor Margaret Dutton, Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan. Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2017CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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It was a mixed night of premieres, new episodes, and reruns. The new night looked to do good for Magnum P.I. Here are the Friday TV ratings.

The first Friday of fall TV saw CBS air its new Friday night lineup, which meant Hawaii Five-0 moving to a new timeslot and Magnum P.I. moving to a new night. FOX and NBC opted for some reruns. Here’s a look at the Friday TV ratings.

I won’t look at the reruns for the night, which included NBC’s Bluff City Law and FOX’s Prodigal Son. However, all other shows are fair game. For the season premieres, we’ll look at a comparison against the previous season finales to make the comparison fair. There were no series debuts last night.

Returning shows

Seven shows premiered new seasons on Sept. 27: Hawaii Five-0American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, Dateline NBC, 20/20, and Blue Bloods. We’ll do this in network order like the rest of the week.

ABC

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American Housewife moved to its new night for the fall TV season, pulling in 3.39 million and 0.7 in the demo. The demo was joint strongest of the entire night with CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, and the total audience was second-best of the timeslot. However, the TV ratings in the audience are down from the Season 3 finale, which isn’t all that surprising considering the new night, down by 4%. However, the demo was up by 1.4%.

After the kerfuffle of the Fresh Off the Boat renewal announcement, all eyes were always going to be on how the ratings would do for the series. To be honest, the renewal decision was a surprise. The ratings had been dropping throughout the fifth season, with Fresh Off the Boat being one of ABC’s worst performers last season.

It’s not all that surprising to hear that the 2.44 million viewers and 0.5 in the demo were down from the Season 5 finale. In fact, it was 20% down in the total audience and 16% down in the demo.

Following the two comedy episodes, ABC debuted a new season of 20/20. This is a show that sees fluctuating TV ratings due to the subject of the episodes. The premiere saw 3.25 million people tuning in and a 0.6 in the demo, both up from Fresh Off the Boat and the demo was even up 20% from the previous finale. However, the total audience was down 3.7% from the Season 41 finale

Hawaii Five-0
Photo Credit: Hawaii Five-0/CBS Image Acquired from CBS Press Express /

CBS

CBS debuted its new Friday night lineup, which means no new episodes of MacGyverHawaii Five-0 started off its new timeslot strong, pulling in 6.80 million viewers and 0.7 in the demo. The demo was joint top with American Housewife, and the total audience the second-highest of the entire night (highest in the demo).

What was this compared to Season 9? The new timeslot seems to have performed extremely well. The total audience was up 33% from the Season 9 finale, and the demo was up 37%.

Meanwhile, Magnum P.I. began its new night for its sophomore season. Friday is often a dangerous night, but CBS seems to have always had success. So, it’s not all that surprising to see that Magnum P.I. Season 2 premiered with good numbers. It’s 6.36 million viewers was the best of the timeslot and third-best of the night. The 0.6 demo was just a small drop from its lead-in.

Compared to the Season 1 finale, the total audience figures were great. The premiere was up by 14% in the total audience. Sadly, the demo was down 11%.

Blue Bloods didn’t see the positive results of its former shows. While it was the highest-viewed show of the night with 7.82 million, the demo sat at 0.6. Those figures were 7% and 22% down from the Season 9 finale.

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NBC

NBC only premiered a new episode of Dateline on Friday, which is another show that tends to be up and down in the TV ratings based on the topic of the night. With 3.61 million tuning in and a 0.6 in the demo, the ratings were good. They were 6% and 5% up from the Season 21 finale.

Photo Credit: Masters of Illusion/The CW Photo by Kari Hendler
Photo Credit: Masters of Illusion/The CW Photo by Kari Hendler /

New episodes of current shows

FOX started its night with WWE SmackDown’s Greatest hits, which pulled in just 1.39 million and 0.4 in the demo. Apart from the rerun of Prodigal Son, it was the lowest-rated and viewed show of the night out of the big four networks.

The CW had four new episodes and most performed well. Masters of Illusion was up 100% in the demo and 48% in the total audience, almost reaching a million viewers.

The Big Stage kept the demo (also up 100% from the previous new episode) but the total audience dipped from Masters of Illusions. However, The Big Stage‘s audience was up 102% from the previous new episode.

At 9 p.m., Red Bull Peaking aired two new episodes back to back. The first episode was up 300% in the demo and up 320% in the total audience. Those ratings didn’t hold for the second hour, but they were still good for The CW. They dropped by almost 14% in the total audience and 50% in the demo.

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What do you think of the TV ratings for Sept. 27? What were you watching on the night? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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