Blue Bloods: Season Three Ratings

blue bloods season three ratingsCBS’ Blue Bloods is a success in viewership but the demo ratings could certainly be better. Is this the year that they improve — or decline so that the TV show will be cancelled? Stay tuned to find out.

The third season of Blue Bloods typically airs on Friday nights at 10pm on the CBS network. The cast includes Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Len Cariou, and Jennifer Esposito.

Below are the TV show’s latest ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Blue Bloods is going to be cancelled or renewed for season four.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.83 million total viewers.

Episode 03-23: Friday, 05/10/13
1.1 in the demo (-15% change) with 10.30 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 1.40 in the demo with 10.83 million.

Episode 03-22: Friday, 05/03/13
1.3 in the demo (0% change) with 10.02 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 1.41 in the demo with 10.85 million.

Episode 03-21: Friday, 04/26/13
1.3 in the demo (0% change) with 10.46 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.41 in the demo with 10.89 million.

Episode 03-20: Friday, 04/12/13
1.3 in the demo (-13% change) with 10.65 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 1.42 in the demo with 10.91 million.

Episode 03-19: Friday, 04/05/13
1.5 in the demo (+7% change) with 10.99 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 1.43 in the demo with 10.92 million.

UPDATE: Blue Bloods has been renewed for a fourth season by CBS.

Episode 03-18: Friday, 03/15/13
1.4 in the demo (0% change) with 10.41 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 1.42 in the demo with 10.92 million.

Episode 03-17: Friday, 03/08/13
1.4 in the demo (0% change) with 10.72 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 1.42 in the demo with 10.95 million.

Episode 03-16: Friday, 02/22/13
1.4 in the demo (0% change) with 11.21 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 1.43 in the demo with 10.97 million.

Episode 03-15: Friday, 02/15/13
1.4 in the demo (-7% change) with 10.73 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 1.43 in the demo with 10.95 million.

Episode 03-14: Friday, 02/08/13
1.5 in the demo (0% change) with 11.24 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.43 in the demo with 10.96 million.

Episode 03-13: Friday, 02/01/13
1.5 in the demo (0% change) with 11.50 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.42 in the demo with 10.94 million.

Episode 03-12: Friday, 01/18/13
1.5 in the demo (-6% change) with 11.64 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 1.42 in the demo with 10.90 million.

Episode 03-11: Friday, 01/11/13
1.6 in the demo (+23% change) with 11.22 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 1.41 in the demo with 10.83 million.

CBS TV show ratingsEpisode 03-10: Friday, 01/04/13
1.3 in the demo (-7% change) with 10.18 million (-9% change).
Season averages: 1.39 in the demo with 10.79 million.

Episode 03-09: Friday, 12/07/12
1.4 in the demo (-7% change) with 11.17 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 1.40 in the demo with 10.86 million.

Episode 03-08: Friday, 11/30/12
1.5 in the demo (0% change) with 11.31 million (0% change).
Season averages: 1.40 in the demo with 10.82 million.

Episode 03-07: Friday, 11/09/12
1.5 in the demo (+15% change) with 11.32 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 1.39 in the demo with 10.75 million.

Episode 03-06: Friday, 11/02/12
1.3 in the demo (-13% change) with 11.05 million (0% change).
Season averages: 1.37 in the demo with 10.65 million.

Episode 03-05: Friday, 10/26/12
1.5 in the demo (+15% change) with 11.06 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 1.38 in the demo with 10.57 million.

Episode 03-04: Friday, 10/19/12
1.3 in the demo (-7% change) with 10.29 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 1.35 in the demo with 10.45 million.

Episode 03-03: Friday, 10/12/12
1.4 in the demo (+17% change) with 10.53 million (+8% change).
Season averages: 1.37 in the demo with 10.51 million.

Episode 03-02: Friday, 10/05/12
1.2 in the demo (-20% change) with 9.77 million (-13% change).
Season averages: 1.35 in the demo with 10.50 million.

Episode 03-01: Friday, 09/28/12
1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.22 million total viewers.
Season averages: 1.50 in the demo with 11.22 million.

Compared to last season’s premiere, Blue Bloods was down by 25% in the demo (vs a 2.0 rating) and down by 7% in viewership (vs 12.06 million).


Reference point: The second season of Blue Bloods averaged a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.32 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you still like the Blue Bloods TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

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  1. Loretta says

    It is the best show on TV. Please do not cancel it. If you do there is not much quality TV to watch but this is one and it needs to be renewed for another season…..another MANY seasons. It’s a GREAT show!!

  2. Elizabeth says

    Blue Bloods is our favorite show! Please don’t cancel it! We never miss it. There are only 4 non-news shows we record each week to view regularly and 3 are CBS. In order, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Mentalist. The other is iffy and probably won’t make it, SBC’s Last Resort. Each week we think it may be our last to watch it.

  3. Samara says

    It would be a truly irresponsible decision to cancel this show! The ratings may look low, but it has between 10 and 11 million viewers every week! That’s the same as shows like “House” and “CSI”, just apparently not in the right demographic! It would definitely be foolish to upset 10 million viewers! I love this show! I will miss Jennifer Esposito, but I simply adore Tom selleck!

  4. John says

    Second season it seemed as it has hit its stride. This season my friends that watch it along with me have noticed a lot of story lines in one show episode. Tom Selleck is the only actor I can imagine playing Francis. I don’t understand the attempt to make Jaimes new partner introduction so weird. Now that they have gotten rid of Jackie (Dannys partner) and are now going to add a 3rd partner since the show began, I have to be honest, I do not think it will survive after this season. To many changes – however Tom has a lot of power at CBS.

  5. John says

    The best show on TV. Great cast and story lines. Since it lacks gratuitous sex and violence and last minute hero rescues and instead embraces traditional family values, personal responsibility and morality, it isn’t what most people want from TV. I’d love to see a 4th, 5th and 6th season of this show.

  6. Philly Mike says

    Best show on television without a doubt. To bad it is buried in the Friday night lineup at a late hour. Like others have said, CBS would be incredibly stupid if they even thought about cancelling this show. The acting in superb; the story lines are top notch – very realistic. This is one of the most highly talented ensembles on network television today.

    • carolyn says

      This is one of my favorite shows. However, I don’t plan to watch next week —demon episode, and I won’t continue to watch if they have more or of telling each other to go to hell! Don’t ruin this show too!

  7. Priscilla says

    Definitely a 4th season…even 5th, 6th and so on. All are fine actors with their best performance every week. I always look forward to Friday nights because of Blue Bloods. It’s a family show worth watching. Way to go Blue Bloods!

  8. Cha says

    Could be CBS is gunning for it because they have to pay a good buck for the talented actors they have on it. Tom Selleck alone has to be expensive and CBS is known to be tight with a buck. This is the only primetime show I watch on the network and I gave it a chance because I knew what fine actors Selleck and Walberg are. You can bet that if it is cancelled I’ll watch cable on Friday nights.

  9. Blake says

    I love Blue Bloods, especially on Friday night. That’s a tough night for any show. You have to rate this night different than other nights, except maybe Saturday night. Leave the show, yu are never going to find anything better.

  10. Joe Strobbe says

    My favorite show. And also wondering WHY it hasn’t been nominated? Footnote: There are many of us out here who do not have the extra channels such as HBO, etc. therefore we have no idea about all of the shows and actors nominated every year. Suggestion: Split up the nominations into two tracks, regular tv and extra cost tv.

    • Chris says

      WOW…….that’s what I have been saying for years, it’s not fair especially for great shows like Blue Bloods!

    • Samara says

      That would be really great if they would do that! Network vs. cable has so many differences! Cable can have MA Rated shows, with languge, nudity, violence, etc., yet network shows (which don’t have the same liberties) have to fight in the same categories, totally unfair fight!

  11. WAYNE M. FORBES says

    This is the best program on tv. Wonder why it has never been mentioned on any of the
    Emmy programs?

  12. says

    One of the best shows on TV! The chemistry the actors have with one another can be seen with every scene! Love the family devotion, they can be angry with each other, but still love one another! The family dinner scene’s are my favorite! My opinion is that Blue Bloods will definitely be back for a fourth season! CBS would be incredibly stupid to drop this show! Screw the demo ratings! Go Blue Bloods!

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