How CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods’ Has Bloodied the Friday Competition for a Decade-Plus

Cop drama has topped NBC’s and ABC’s audiences — combined — for all 11 seasons

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Directly going up against CBS’ “Blue Bloods”? Well, that has proven to be a real bloodbath for NBC and ABC programming.

Last season, the long-running cop drama averaged 10.2 million total viewers, including one week of (mostly) DVR viewing. That whopper of a tally more than doubled the individual audiences for both NBC’s “Dateline” (4.1 million) and ABC’s “20/20” (4 million).

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Tony Maglio

TV Editor • • Twitter: @tonymaglio