Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior overcame middling reviews to post strong numbers in its Wednesday premiere. The CBS spinoff not only slightly improved upon its mothership lead-in, but with 12.9 million viewers and a 3.3 rating delivered increases of 4 percent and 41 percent over time-slot predecessor/placeholder Blue Bloods.
The news was not nearly as good for another midseason newbie. In its second week, ABC’s Mr. Sunshine plunged 33 percent in audience (to barely 7 million viewers) and 30 percent in the demo (with a 2.6).
Elsewhere this Wednesday:
* American Idol of course led the night, this time with 22.84 million total viewers and an 8.1 demo rating (slipping a few percentage points week-to-week in both measures).
* Survivor: Redemption Island premiered to 11.17 million viewers and a (series-low) 3.2 rating.
* In the 9 o’clock hour, Criminal Minds proper (12.83 million viewers/3.2) was down about 10 percent, while Modern Family (10.5 mil/4.3) dropped 14 percent in the demo, doing Matt Perry no favors.
* At 10 pm, Law & Order: SVU placed second behind CM:SB with 7.3 million viewers and a 2.2 rating, down about 10 percent. ABC’s Off The Map (4.33 mil/1.5), meanwhile, dropped a solid 20 percent.
What did you check out this Wednesday evening?