Friday TV Ratings 10/1/21: Blue Bloods and Magnum PI Tie Lows in Premieres, The Most Magical Story on Earth Solid (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: CBS's Friday-night drama lineup got off to a rocky start as 'SWAT' (0.4), 'Magnum PI' (0.4), and 'Blue Bloods' (0.4) all tied their respective lows for their season debuts. Though 'SWAT' matched what it garnered for its year-ago return, 'Magnum' and 'Blue Bloods' were both a tenth short of where they began in fall 2020. ABC's '50 Years of Walt Disney World' special (0.5) actually managed to eclipse the eye network's drama premieres but '20/20' (0.3) fell a good bit from there at 10. Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6) was the top program as it often is, continuing to outperform the majority of the network's scripted offerings. NBC had a rerun of 'La Brea' (0.2) and a stable edition of 'Dateline' (0.4). The season premiere of 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.1) was at its normal level on the CW. 'Dynasty' (0.0) was flat in no man's land for its finale. 

Finals Update: 'The Most Magical Story on Earth' (+0.1), 'Blue Bloods' (+0.1), and the repeat of 'La Brea' (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMWWE SmackDown0.62/52.25Fox

The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World0.61/54.07ABC

SWAT (P)0.42/44.86CBS

La Brea (R)0.25/22.33NBC

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (P)0.08/10.67The CW
9 PMDateline NBC0.42/33.32NBC

Magnum PI (P)0.39/35.23CBS

Dynasty (F)0.03/00.22The CW
10 PMBlue Bloods (P)0.45/36.30CBS

20/20 (R)0.34/32.34ABC
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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