Ratings: CBS' Fire Country Marks Fall's Most-Watched Series Premiere

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Shark Tank and Fox’s SmackDown tied for the Friday demo win, Blue Bloods copped the night’s largest audience, and CBS’ Fire Country emerged as the fall’s most-watched series launch (so far).

CBS | A gorgeous S.W.A.T. premiere drew 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), up in audience but down a tenth in the demo from its previous, Sundays-at-10 averages. Fire Country debuted to 5.9 mil and a 0.4, drawing more viewers than NBC-bound time slot predecessor Magnum P.I. (which last season averaged 5.2 mil/0.4). Fire Country averaged a TVLine reader grade of “B+,” with 86% planning to stay tuned. Blue Bloods‘ season opener (6.4 mil/0.4) improved on last season’s average audience.

ABC | Shark Tank (3.4 mil/0.5) ticked up opposite stiffer competition.

FOX | Friday Night SmackDown (2.2 mil/0.5) was steady.

NBC | College Bowl (1.7 mil/0.2) ticked down.

THE CW | Night 1 of the iHeartRadio Music Festival averaged 520K/0.1.

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. This is only an exhibition, not a competition; please, no wagering.