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. LL says

    Actually, aside from the observation that the show has top-rate writers, actors, and plots, I’d like to point out that you’d have a higher readership if you had the integrity to spell the word “canceled” in its correct, American form.

  2. Emma Stocker says

    I absolutely love Blue Bloods over here in the UK! It’s always griping and easy to watch. I really do hope we won’t see the last of the Regans!

  3. 65Rosesauthor says

    I think you are full of horse puckey. Season 3 has been the most successful by far. CBS is not going to cancel a show that KILLS at 10pm Friday night, and they don’t care about the demo. They do care about syndication, which will happen after Season 4, so there will be no cancellation. You just want to try to create some drama for your column. Not going to happen.

  4. Clinton Kennet says

    Finally a TV show that shows good family values, great moral ethics
    and an absolute fantastic cast of actors. I believe this show reveals
    a great representation of New York City’s finest with all they have
    to go through in the day of a life of a policeman. This show
    definitely needs to be renewed. I can’t believe CBS would even
    think about canceling this show. I also wish they would bring
    back Jennifer Esposito, she was an absolute fantastic partner
    to Danny Reagan. Every story line that the show has portrayed
    so far has been great, the way the characters gel with each
    other is fantastic. My vote is to definitely keep Blue Bloods
    on television for a long time. It’s great to see that there’s
    still hope to have great television shows like this on
    TV these days and not just all these ridiculous reality based
    shows. Keep up the good work CBS don’t ruin a good thing!!!

    • Jim Rivers says

      I totally agree with you Clinton… You took the exact words out of my mouth… This is such a great show…

  5. Jess says

    Love Blue Bloods!!! It’s well written, has a great cast, and has real topics. We need more shows like this on TV, not reality shows!

  6. Bob Taylor says

    It’s a shame that Blue Bloods being canceled is even a topic for consideration. I find the mix of being a cop show with well developed, well written and played characters a great breath of fresh air.

    It gets my vote for renewal 100%. It’s nice to have a program that isn’t too soft that I lose interest, AND not so edgy or caustic that I have to worry about the younger people in my home.

    It’s easy to care about the characters, they seem so “normal”. The cast is well chosen and they’re easy to care about too.

  7. jill stoner says

    the show is an amzing story.real family values,,,and people who are real…..donniewahlber is an amazing actor,,,,so are the rest of the cast ,,,we need more shows like this instead of rifraf reality shows

  8. Colleen says

    I think Blue Bloods should absolutely be renewed for a fourth season. It’s entertaining, paced well enough to follow but doesn’t drag, and just portrays a family whose lives are busy like most of America’s families. Every character and actor adds to the rich landscape of the story. Please give us another season (at least one more) of Tom Selleck, Len Cariou, and their wonderful television family stories and dinner scenes.

  9. Linda says

    I can’t believe more people aren’t watching this – we love it and wouldn’t miss a single episode!

  10. Maureen says

    Love Blue Bloods and wouldn’t miss it. Have always been Tom Selleck fan and really enjoy him in this role. Also like Donnie Wahlburg and Len Cariou. Show has good family values, as well. Should be renewed.

  11. Veronica C says

    Blue Bloods should DEFINITELY be renewed for a 4th Season… are you kidding me?!?! Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg rock my socks!

  12. says

    Blue Bloods should have a 4th season because it is a good solid straight forward show that appeals to many people. It may not appeal to many young people but they already have a large number of shows aimed at them. The sponsors need to realize that older more mature folks have money and buy products too. We might buy even more if more shows were aimed in our direction.

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