Mystery for ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff: Where’d the Viewers Go?

by | February 24, 2011 at 3:24 PM | TV News

Forest Whitaker in 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' (Photo: CBS)

Forest Whitaker in 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' (Photo: CBS)

Investigate this, Forest Whitaker: Where did one-quarter of the audience go for your new CBS series “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”?

The “Criminal Minds” spinoff – in which Whitaker heads up an FBI investigative unit specializing in criminal behavior and psychological profiling – drew 9.606 million viewers in its second outing Wednesday night on CBS, according to Nielsen overnights. That’s a 26 percent drop from the series’ premiere a week earlier, when it drew 13.06 million at 10 p.m./9c.

A week before that, an episode of the Tom Selleck cop drama “Blue Bloods” had drawn 11.8 million in the time period.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, the news was slightly better for CBS as “Survivor: Redemption Island” experienced a miniscule uptick in its second week from its premiere performance a week ago. The latest edition of the venerable reality series, airing Wednesday nights at 8/7c, attracted 11.159 million for its second episode this week, up about 9,000 viewers from 11.15 million a week earlier.

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While that’s not a substantial gain, the good news for this new “Survivor” generally is that it’s a lot more robust than the show that preceded it in the time period, Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance,” which scored 4.71 million in its last outing Feb. 9 (and probably won’t “Live” to see another season). The original “Criminal Minds” continues as CBS’s strongest show on Wednesdays, attracting 13.44 million viewers this week at 9/8c.

As for the other networks on Wednesday, Fox dominated with its two-hour “American Idol” drawing an average of 22.6 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (7-9c).