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.