Blue Bloods ratings drop after Amy Carlson exit; Once Upon a Time low

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After the shocking premiere episode we were very curious in learning the latest Blue Bloods ratings. How did the show perform after Amy Carlson’s exit?

For its second episode the show did take a tumble — it dropped to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic (a drop of around 13% week-to-week), and then also lost about 16% of its total audience to finish with around 8.4 million viewers. While this wasn’t the biggest week-to-week ratings drop of the night (that “honor” goes to Inhumans with a 0.7), it is one of the more notable ones when you consider it dropped much harder than the other shows on CBS and it’s easy to connect what happened here in the ratings to the show losing a main cast member.

Do we hope that the drop is just one of those ratings flukes that does happen every now and then? Absolutely, since we’d hate to see viewers protesting the show over Carlson’s exit. We understand the love out there for Linda Reagan (we love her too), but all indications suggest that this was the actress wanting to take on other opportunities rather than the show cutting her from the cast.

Time will tell how the rest of the season goes for Blue Bloods — for now, it did tie Hawaii Five-0 for the top show of the night in the demo.

As for some other ratings news / CarterMatt analysis…

The first numbers are in for Once Upon a Time season 7, and they don’t make us all that hopeful that there is going to be a season 8. The fairy-tale drama drew just a 0.7 rating, which is its lowest rating by far for a premiere. We were skeptical of the decision to move this show to Fridays in the first place, given that this is basically a family show that is now on a night where many families are off doing other things. Typically, shows that do well on Fridays are ones playing to either older audiences or families with small children who don’t go out as much.

We’ll just throw it out there: You can love or hate Last Man Standing for its content (we personally prefer Once Upon a Time as a show), but its ratings would probably have been much better than this on a Friday night.

Why are the ratings late today?

Typically we post primetime ratings for network TV the next day. However, these ratings were delayed and not available in the window in which we tend to post them. Hence, getting to them a little later than usual. Hopefully next weekend they’ll be available at the typical time.

What do you think about the latest Blue Bloods ratings?

Also, do you think that the show will recover from this? Share some of your thoughts on that subject in the comments!

(Photo: CBS.)

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