Ratings Report: 'Criminal Minds' Spin-Off Beats the Original
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
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.

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).

-Mr. Sunshine 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.


American Idol: 20.6 million
Survivor: Redemption Island: 11.1 million
The Middle: 7.9 million
Better With You: 5.8 million
Minute to Win It: 3.8 million
Nikita: 1.3 million


American Idol: 24.9 million
Criminal Minds: 12.8 million
Modern Family: 10.5 million
Mr. Sunshine: 7 million
Minute to Win It: 3.4 million
The Vampire Diaries: 794,000


Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: 12.9 million
Law and Order: SVU: 7.2 million
Off the Map: 4.3 million

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