CBS’ Made In Jersey logged the lowest-rated new series premiere so far this fall among adults 18-49. The legal drama opened with a 1.1/4 at 9 PM last night. It tied the final season premiere of Fox’s Fringe (1.1/4) as the lowest-rated originals on Friday. Made In Jersey was down 39% from last fall’s season premiere of CSI: NY in the time slot and down 21% from the series debut of the now-defunct A Gifted Man in the 8 PM hour. Made In Jersey also was down from its lead-in, CSI: NY (1.3/5), which posted its lowest-premiere ever, down 28% from its season debut last September in the 9 PM berth. Anchor Blue Bloods (1.5/5) also had its lowest-rated premiere ever, down 25% from last year. Overall, CBS won premiere Friday in viewers and adults 18-49 for a sixth straight year. But it was the only major network with all-originals last night, and in 18-49 it finished tied for No.1 with ABC, which aired a Last Resort repeat. In total viewers, CBS was a cut above the competition, dominating every hour of primetime: CSI: NY (9 million), Made In Jersey (7.7 million) and Blue Bloods (11.1 million).
Fringe (1.1/4) was down 27% from its season premiere last fall, up 10% from its season finale in May. NBC’s Grimm made a seamless return to its Friday 9 PM slot after a month-long run on Monday. In its regular time period premiere, the drama drew a 1.6/5, up 7% from its most recent original on Monday. But vs. its series premiere on Friday last fall, it was down 24%. Dateline (1.3/4) was down 35% from last fall’s premiere. ABC’s Shark Tank (1.5/6) was down 6% from last week, while 20/20 (1.4/4) was flat.