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CRIMINAL MINDS SPINOFF TOPS THE ORIGINAL IN DEBUT

February 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite damning criticism by many TV critics, the CBS spinoff series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior attracted 12.9 million viewers at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, actually improving slightly on the numbers for the original Criminal Minds, which preceded it at 9:00 p.m. and drew 12.8 million viewers. At 8:00 p.m., however, the season debut of Survivor: Redemption Island, going head-to-head against Fox’s American Idol for the first time, drew 11.2 million viewers, the lowest number ever to tune in to a season premiere of the reality series, down 29 percent from last year’s premiere. But Idol also took a hit. Its ratings were down 4 percent from last Wednesday. Nevertheless its total audience of 22.84 million (peaking in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour with 26.20 million) was greater than all of its competition combined.