'Made in Jersey' premiere a ratings grenade

CBS’ new legal drama Made In Jersey got off to a poor start in the ratings Friday night, which also saw the final season return of Fox’s Fringe.

Made In Jersey stars Janet Montgomery as a Garden State lawyer moving into the Manhattan big leagues. The drama opened to 7.7 million viewers and a very slight 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, down 39 percent from the debut of CSI: NY in this 9 p.m. time slot. The series also received somewhat lousy reviews, averaging only a 43 out of 100 on Metacritic (one critic dubbed it Snooki’s Law). Both of CBS’ bracketing returning shows, CSI: NY (9 million, 1.3) and Blue Bloods (11 million, 1.5), performed stronger than the newcomer, though both also slipped from last fall. CBS still managed to lead the night in total viewers, though tied ABC in the demo.

Over on Fox, Fringe (3.2 million, 1.1) was lower too, dropping 27 percent from last fall for its final season premiere. (Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere).

So did anything do well Friday night?

Yup, NBC’s Grimm (5.3 million, 1.6), returning to Friday originals, won the night in the adult demo. Grimm had its best Friday rating since January even though it was down 24 percent from its premiere last fall.

And ABC’s Shark Tank (5.9 million, 1.5) likewise continues to perform, though was down a tick from last week.

Made In Jersey and Fringe, by the way, were tied at 9 p.m. by a repeat of ABC’s Last Resort pilot, a show we’re still holding hope for despite its modest Thursday night premiere.


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