"Made In Jersey" might center around a spunky lawyer, but the only thing its premiere ratings are making a case for is early cancelation. The CBS legal drama premiered low (by CBS standards), scoring only 7.7 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, according to TV By The Numbers. For those keeping score, that was down 39 percent from the premiere of "CSI: NY" in the same timeslot last year.
This year, "Jersey" had "CSI: NY" as a lead-in, and the procedural raked in 9 million viewers and 1.3 in the demo in the 8 p.m. hour. On the other side of "Jersey," Tom Selleck's "Blue Bloods" drew a hefty 11 million pairs of eyes and a 1.5 in the demo, vastly improving on its lead-in and making "Jersey's" sag even more noticeable.
While a 1.1 demo might've been bad news for CBS, it counted as an improvement for Fox's "Fringe," which returned opposite "Jersey" to kick off its final season run of 13 episodes. Though the mind-bending sci-fi show was down from last year's premiere (which earned a 1.5 rating in coveted the 18-49 demo) it was up 10 percent compared to last season's finale, with 3.2 million tuning in to watch the Observers take over the world.
1.1 was the magic demo number at 9 p.m. on Friday, since that was also what an encore performance of ABC's "Last Resort" earned, with an additional 4 million viewers checking out the political thriller after its solid but uninspiring debut on Thursday (9.1 million and a 2.2 demo). "Last Resort" was preceded by "Shark Tank" on ABC, which saw a 1.5 rating in the demo and 5.9 million viewers.
The real winner of the night was NBC's "Grimm," which scared up 5.3 million and a 1.6 in the adults 18-49 demo, up a tenth from its last original airing. CBS and ABC tied in the demo for the night, both scoring a 1.3, while CBS once again won in total viewers, scoring 9.3 million overall.
For a complete breakdown of the night's ratings, visit TVByTheNumbers.com.