Friday Ratings: Who Won The Selleck-Smits Showdown?

Tom Selleck ('Blue Bloods'), Jimmy Smits ('Outlaw') (CBS/NBC)

Tom Selleck ('Blue Bloods'), Jimmy Smits ('Outlaw') (CBS/NBC)

CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods‘ copped top honors in the Nielsens for Friday night, drawing an impressive 12.8 million total viewers in its debut. The Tom Selleck-fronted drama about a family of law enforcement types also delivered the night’s best performance in the coveted 18-49 demo, with a 2.2 rating.

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The news was not nearly as good for NBC’s ‘Outlaw,’ which also stars a familiar TV face, Jimmy Smits, and aired opposite ‘Blue Bloods’ – its second episode drew an anemic 5 million viewers, placing third behind ABC’s ’20/20′ (5.43 million viewers).

Elsewhere on Friday:

The first hour of ‘Dateline NBC’ topped the 8 o’clock hour with 6.48 million viewers, followed by the season premiere of CBS’ ‘Medium‘ (6.1 mil).  ‘Smallville‘ opened its 10th and final season with 2.9 million viewers, while The CW series’ 1.2 rating was good enough for third place in the hour, besting repeats of ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ and Fox’s ‘Human Target’ (which returns with new episodes next Friday).

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At 9 pm, the season opener of CBS’ transplanted ‘CSI: NY‘ dominated with 10.3 million viewers and a 2.0 rating. Like ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural‘s season premiere (2.79 million viewers) placed third in the demos, beating a repeat of ABC’s ‘The Whole Truth’ and even a fresh episode of Fox’s struggling ‘Good Guys’ (2.9 million viewers).

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