CBS Friday looks at the half-decade reign of terror of dominant bookends Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs and all the shows in between that couldn't quite live up to those standards, then moves into the still perfectly fine CSI: NY / Blue Bloods era.
|2001-02||The Ellen Show||Danny||That's Life||48 Hours||49|
|2002-03||48 Hours||Hack||Robbery Homicide Division||50|
|2003-04||Joan of Arcadia||JAG||The Handler||60|
|2004-05||Joan of Arcadia||JAG||Dr. Vegas||51|
|2006-07||Ghost Whisperer||Close to Home||Numb3rs||76|
|2008-09||Ghost Whisperer||The Ex-List||Numb3rs||73|
|2010-11||Medium||CSI: NY||Blue Bloods||64|
|2011-12||A Gifted Man||CSI: NY||Blue Bloods||66|
|2012-13||Undercover Boss||CSI: NY||Blue Bloods||70|
|2013-14||Undercover Boss||Hawaii Five-0||Blue Bloods||77|
|2014-15||The Amazing Race Fall||Hawaii Five-0||Blue Bloods||73|
2014-15 Update: CBS' move of The Amazing Race to Friday was a disappointment, as the show wasn't even all that close to the year-ago ratings from Undercover Boss. (And Boss averaged 80 again for its Friday episodes when it filled in at 8/7c during the winter.) The Race struggles helped usher Hawaii Five-0 down just a touch, but Blue Bloods built to a series high Plus at 10/9c. They're all back again this fall.
Notable midseason replacements:
- Numb3rs' run on Friday began as a midseason replacement in early 2005, when it averaged an 82 in Friday episodes (or a 93 if you count its huge post-NFL premiere).
- The first series CBS put between Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs was arguably its biggest misfire, Threshold. CBS flipped its timeslot in November with Close to Home, which went on to average a 70 in the slot over the rest of the 2005-06 season. Threshold aired just one episode on Tuesday before getting the axe.
- The Ex-List was axed after four episodes in 2008-09 in favor of repeats for the rest of the fall. In the winter/spring, co-production Flashpoint averaged a 65.
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