Besides "The Mentalist", I have only ever seen Simon Baker in a movie called "Something New", but he certainly is/has a powerful draw.
The Mentalist initially interested me in the strength of his character and performance alone. Since then the other aspects of the cast and story have begun to develop nicely, but I doubt without Simon's presence I would have been around to see it.
He has an uncanny way of making this viewer at least, feel as though I'm an actual part of the proceedings and so the commercials often come as a surprise. And thats what good performance is all about!
I don't know what the future holds for his show next season, but his success in a performance career is a given, and many of us will be watching. Those eyes of his will accept nothing less...