Blue Bloods season 9 ratings, even in repeats, show CBS dominance

Blue Bloods season 9

Just in case you needed another reminder that Blue Bloods is one of the most dominant shows on all of network TV, you’re seeing it even in repeats.

Last night’s airing of the CBS airing ended up generating a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and over 5.2 million viewers. To put this in perspective, this repeat was the #2 airing of the night in the demo (behind only a Charlie Brown Christmas Special) and also was the most-watched show of the night in total viewers. Not only that, but it managed to almost match the viewership of ABC and NBC combined.

Many of you out there likely knew already that Blue Bloods was a formidable show — this really just cements everything further as to why CBS would want to give it a season 10. While it may not be the most mainstream show on television in terms of publicity, it practically prints money on its own for the network. Its new episodes routinely are one of the most-watched shows of the week, its repeats perform well, and it is also a beast in syndication. This is incredible for a show that airs on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time — otherwise known by many people as a kiss-of-death timeslot. So few shows ever succeed here!

The only thing that could keep a season 10 from happening is in the event that some of the show’s cast members don’t want to return … but that’s not something that we’re hearing about at the moment. It feels as though everyone will want to return, and understandably so given that A) the series is a tremendous platform so that they can do other things in the off-season and B) it’s a chance to earn quite a hefty amount of cash in the process. We personally think that the series has got at least another couple of years still in the tank, and we’d like to see everyone on board with new two-year deals to get them there. (Ideally, it’d be fun to see Blue Bloods get a two-season renewal at CBS … though it doesn’t feel like that is something particularly likely to happen.)

What do you think about this batch of Blue Bloods season 9 repeat ratings, and what this means further for the series’ long-term success? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments. Of course, we’ll have some more updates on the series as they start to come in.

(Photo: CBS.)

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