Blue Bloods is a cut above the usual CBS procedurals. The focus is on the characters, not flashy lab work or over the top crimes. There is a hard-nosed grit and valor about it that stands out among the sea of procedurals. The cast, headed by Tom Selleck, definitely does not disappoint and the dialogue is crisp when the characters don't go into a dumb discussion about "enhanced interrogation" techniques.
Also, a few ongoing plots are setup, investigation of Danny's brutality and the FBI and Jamie's look into a secret organization in the NYPD. However, there was a showrunner change due to conflict with Selleck, so things may change. Hopefully, the rest of the series can build on all the elements introduced in the pilot .
I haven't decided which new shows I'm going to watch this season, and it won't be many since most are bad, but Blue Bloods is definitely on it.