CBS wins Wednesday with crime shows, Jericho

CBS cleaned up in Wednesday's prime time with a strong return by CSI: NY and Criminal Minds, as well as an encouraging start for the nuclear-war drama Jericho.

Despite losing the 8 p.m. hour to ABC's Dancing With the Stars, CBS won the night in viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic. It outdistanced a two-hour Grey's Anatomy repeat that did pretty well ahead of Thursday's season premiere, and CBS buried Fox and NBC's premiere of Kidnapped.

CSI: NY (16.1 million viewers, 5.0 rating/14 share) was the night's top show in viewers and the key demographic, according to data released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. The 10 p.m. investigative drama left Grey's (10.5 million, 3.8/10) in the dust, though the medical drama did well for a repeat. CSI: NY was up 21 percent in viewership and 11 percent in the demo compared with its season premiere last year.

But more worrisome was NBC's Kidnapped, which could find only 7.6 million viewers and a 2.8/8 in adults 18-49.

Dancing (15 million, 3.7/11) was the unquestionable winner at 8 p.m., though Jericho (11.7 million, 3.4/10) got off to a good start against both Dancing and NBC's two-hour premiere of The Biggest Loser (7.2 million, 3.1/9). Fox's Bones (7.5 million, 2.5/8) didn't do as well.

Beyond the strong number against Dancing, CBS executives had other things to cheer about with Jericho. The dark drama outpaced its cheerful counterparts--Still Standing and Yes, Dear--by 48 percent in adults 18-49 and 71 percent in viewership. It was the best performance in the time period for CBS since January 2004's 60 Minutes Wednesday.

The 9 p.m. hour belonged to Criminal Minds, which averaged 15.6 million viewers and a 4.5/12. That not only was well above everything else, it also was the best viewership for the show since January and up 48 percent compared with its premiere last September.

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I love this show! I can hardly wait for Wednesday nights. I haven't been this excited about a show since ER started a long, long time ago.(time to retire that one)

Also, the dancing troupe thing is boring and lacks luster.
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Watched Jericho loved it I think the only reason someone would hate it would be because of two reasons - the Clichéd moments or they can't handle a dark Drama like Jericho which is sad because Jericho has lots of potential.
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Very interesting show, caught it on the Saturday night repeat of the pilot. Do have to wonder why shows about the aftermath of tha apocolypse seemed to be have a name beginning with the letter 'J'. Jerimiah, Jericho.



Hoping this one stays around abit so we can see where they are going with it.
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Kidnapped and Smith pilots look very promising. Loved both of them. I enjoyed Rockstar Supernova, but don't know what all the hype is with Dancing with the Stars.
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I love that Jericho is a show with mystery and suspense that is about the characters and social interactions. The actual nuclear attack was done in a very realistic and tasteful manner.



The show is about characters left in the dark about a nuclear attack, and as the audiance so are we. I hope it becomes CBS's lost so that the writers can gain confidence that they will have a job for many years and can thus create intricate and excellent plot lines.



Long term is the way to go, (Prison break was written from the start to run over 44 episodes, 2 seasons, and the quality of the story lines was clear.)
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Jericho may have the potential to equal Battlestar Galactica in it's ability to offer fresh content, great storylines and thoughtful drama.



I agree with a previous poster about 'cop/crime' shows, when is enough enough?



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I hate CBS. I think all their shows are the same. They all are police dramas.. I mean, come on! Police dramas are getting old, and the fact like CSI, Numbers, and all those other stupid ones do so well annoys me. ABC, NBC, and CW do a lot better job of having a variety of shows. And Fox/FX all have the same sorts of shows, too. I would think people would notice this already.
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I just can't understand the crazy ratings for Dancing with the Stars. I wish those Nielsen families would hit themselves in the head with a hammer and see stars, rather than slewing the ratings with such inane shows. Not that I thought Jericho was particularly brilliant or anything (give me Side Show Luke Perry or nothing).
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yeah i dont really like dancing with the stars, i dont see what the buzz is all about, and after all that promoting by nbc for kidnapped, it ends up sucking, haahah
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i thought jericho was great. i will never understand why anyone would watch dancing with the stars. it reminds me of the show from back in the late 70's dance fever.
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I've watched Jericho and really enjoyed it.. my kids love it.
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I watched Jericho & CSI NY; I enjoyed both.
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