CBS can do no wrong. After launching five of the most successful new
shows of the fall season, the network has another hit with the Criminal Minds
spin-off, Suspect Behavior
. The show premiered last night with 12.9 million viewers, beating a new episode of the original Criminal Minds
which only had 12.8 million.
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Of course Criminals Minds
had to compete against American Idol
while Suspect Behavior only went up against the increasingly sinking Law and Order: SVU
and the ratings-challenged Off the Map
. But still, for a spin-off the beat the original is an impressive feat. It's clear that the motto of CBS is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Here are the other highlights from last night's ratings.
-Despite going up against American Idol
, the premiere of the new season of Survivor
held its own with 11.1 million viewers, dropping less than 1 million from last season's premiere.
-Sadly, the one-two punch of Idol
and Criminal Minds
was too much for Modern Family
as one of the best episodes of the season with a very funny Matt Dillon saw the season's lowest ratings (though it was still well above the season 1 average).
also took a huge dive, down more than 3.5 million viewers, though it was still slightly higher than the last few episodes of Cougar Town
in the same time slot.
Here are the numbers from Wednesday, February 16.8pmAmerican Idol
: 20.6 millionSurvivor: Redemption Island
: 11.1 millionThe Middle
: 7.9 millionBetter With You
: 5.8 millionMinute to Win It
: 3.8 millionNikita
: 1.3 million9pmAmerican Idol
: 24.9 millionCriminal Minds
: 12.8 millionModern Family
: 10.5 millionMr. Sunshine
: 7 millionMinute to Win It
: 3.4 millionThe Vampire Diaries
: 794,00010pmCriminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
: 12.9 millionLaw and Order: SVU
: 7.2 millionOff the Map
: 4.3 million(Image courtesy of CBS)