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Jericho is Coming!

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February 10th, 2008

CBS’ Jericho

I've been on a mission to watch season one of CBS' Jericho before the season two premiere this Tuesday. I'm not sure I'll quite make it -- I've only watched eight so far, but I am known for some epic episodic television binging, it's possible I could be caught up by tomorrow!

In the meanwhile we've produced the table of ratings data for the original airings of season one's episodes. We'll add the data for season two to that posting as soon as its available so be sure to bookmark/check back. We anticipate we'll have overnight numbers for Jericho's premiere around noon EST on Wednesday 2/13 and will post the full/final numbers and demographic information on 2/19.

Jericho's season one numbers are fairly interesting because though by the 7th episode there was already a 20% erosion or so from the premiere numbers, the big stake in the heart seemed to have come when the show went on a break of more than 80 days. When it came back on 2/21/2007 there was another ~20% erosion of viewers from the numbers that were already down 20% from the premiere. Especially given the ratings performance of the season one finale, it's very impressive that the fans were able to save this show.

While Jericho's numbers would be OK for CBS on Friday, those kind of numbers for a Tuesday do not seem very acceptable. It would seem as though Jericho must immediately outperform its 2007 finale numbers. Season two will make its bow Tuesday at 10pm against a rerun of Law & Order: SVU and an original episode of ABC's Boston Legal. The actual numbers may not matter, but CBS will surely be looking for Jericho to win its timeslot.

Fans who want to catch up -- there are a multitude of ways and if you want to send some cash to Les Moonves and Steve Jobs -- go the iTunes route. If you're feeling a little more miserly you can watch all 22 episodes of season one for free via CBS.com (i actually prefer going through CBS' "innertube" service because it allows you to go into "full screen mode") and the SciFi channel will be running a mini-marathon Monday night from 7p-11p with the first four episodes from season one.

Although we imagine Jericho will make its season two debut with about 87 million fewer viewers than the Super Bowl XLII, we are in fact more excited to see the numbers for Jericho than we were in anticipating the record breaking Super Bowl numbers. If TVbytheNumbers.com itself is not in "all hail Jericho!" mode, we certainly are in "all hail Jericho Fans!!" mode.

Jericho Fans, You can get a widget with the latest Jericho ratings to put on your webpage here.

 
  • http://peter.jemts.com Peter

    I just finished up on Jericho, but as my internet isn't too speedy, Innertube wasn't much of an option as it skips like it has a full time job. If anyone's having the same trouble I am, you can find almost all the episodes at 66stage. You can't truly go full screen, but it can get pretty big using the 'full screen' link under each video. Here's the first episode and the links to all the others are along the right hand side

    http://66stage.com/tv.php?pl=meg&url=NQP49ZEM

  • http://peter.jemts.com Peter

    I just finished up on Jericho, but as my internet isn’t too speedy, Innertube wasn’t much of an option as it skips like it has a full time job. If anyone’s having the same trouble I am, you can find almost all the episodes at 66stage. You can’t truly go full screen, but it can get pretty big using the ‘full screen’ link under each video. Here’s the first episode and the links to all the others are along the right hand side

    http://66stage.com/tv.php?pl=meg&url=NQP49ZEM

  • http://JerichoRallyPoint.com Michele Campbell

    Awsome article! We fought long and hard to get our show back, and we will continue to fight for Season 3!!

    NHA!!!

    Tune in to Jericho on Tuesday February 12th at 10pm on CBS!!!

  • http://JerichoRallyPoint.com Michele Campbell

    Awsome article! We fought long and hard to get our show back, and we will continue to fight for Season 3!!

    NHA!!!

    Tune in to Jericho on Tuesday February 12th at 10pm on CBS!!!

  • Pamela

    CBS knows Jerich has no chance of succeeding and where it ended up is a great example.
    Tuesday Night at 10:00 is a killer timeslot and sorry do not see Jericho being a survival series despite the 'nutty' campaign.
    While a million fans sent in 'nuts' it will take much more than that to keep the show on !!

  • Pamela

    CBS knows Jerich has no chance of succeeding and where it ended up is a great example.
    Tuesday Night at 10:00 is a killer timeslot and sorry do not see Jericho being a survival series despite the ‘nutty’ campaign.
    While a million fans sent in ‘nuts’ it will take much more than that to keep the show on !!

  • http://peter.jemts.com Peter

    It might not be a great timeslot but I think all Jericho needs to do is improve on 48 hours which is getting around 7 million viewers every week. That's pretty much the same as what Jericho was averaging at the long haul last season. So hopefully Jericho picked up a million or 2 more fans and that would be around what it was averaging before it's winter hiatus. I definitely think it has a chance to perform well and prove itself.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Peter, I disagree. It needs to do much better than 7 million or it will not be back for season 3, at least not on CBS.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Peter, I disagree. It needs to do much better than 7 million or it will not be back for season 3, at least not on CBS.

  • http://peter.jemts.com Peter

    I was thinking 9 million would be enough, but I just got into the ratings game. So at this point, I'm still picking it up. How much do you think they'd need for a pickup?

  • http://peter.jemts.com Peter

    I was thinking 9 million would be enough, but I just got into the ratings game. So at this point, I'm still picking it up. How much do you think they'd need for a pickup?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Sorry Peter, I misunderstood you. I think it needs to do at least 10 millionish in that slot. Consider that a rerun of Law & Order: SVU did over 9 million in that slot 2 weeks ago.

    I think it needs to do much better than 48 Hours Mystery, probably by 33% because 48 Hours Mystery is much cheaper to make.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Sorry Peter, I misunderstood you. I think it needs to do at least 10 millionish in that slot. Consider that a rerun of Law & Order: SVU did over 9 million in that slot 2 weeks ago.

    I think it needs to do much better than 48 Hours Mystery, probably by 33% because 48 Hours Mystery is much cheaper to make.

  • http://peter.jemts.com Peter

    It might not be a great timeslot but I think all Jericho needs to do is improve on 48 hours which is getting around 7 million viewers every week. That’s pretty much the same as what Jericho was averaging at the long haul last season. So hopefully Jericho picked up a million or 2 more fans and that would be around what it was averaging before it’s winter hiatus. I definitely think it has a chance to perform well and prove itself.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Peter, I disagree. It needs to do much better than 7 million or it will not be back for season 3, at least not on CBS.

  • http://peter.jemts.com Peter

    I was thinking 9 million would be enough, but I just got into the ratings game. So at this point, I’m still picking it up. How much do you think they’d need for a pickup?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Sorry Peter, I misunderstood you. I think it needs to do at least 10 millionish in that slot. Consider that a rerun of Law & Order: SVU did over 9 million in that slot 2 weeks ago.

    I think it needs to do much better than 48 Hours Mystery, probably by 33% because 48 Hours Mystery is much cheaper to make.

  • Yvonne

    Sorry Pamela, I respectfully disagree with you. SVU was a re-run and it's my understanding that Boston Legal will be going back into re-runs next week as well due to the effects of the now concluded writers strike. Had Jericho been put there under “normal” circumstances, I would agree, but I think in the current scenario, it has a good shot. Of course, I'm a “Ranger” and I'm biased though…

  • Yvonne

    Sorry Pamela, I respectfully disagree with you. SVU was a re-run and it's my understanding that Boston Legal will be going back into re-runs next week as well due to the effects of the now concluded writers strike. Had Jericho been put there under “normal” circumstances, I would agree, but I think in the current scenario, it has a good shot. Of course, I'm a “Ranger” and I'm biased though…

  • Yvonne

    Sorry Pamela, I respectfully disagree with you. SVU was a re-run and it’s my understanding that Boston Legal will be going back into re-runs next week as well due to the effects of the now concluded writers strike. Had Jericho been put there under “normal” circumstances, I would agree, but I think in the current scenario, it has a good shot. Of course, I’m a “Ranger” and I’m biased though…

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