It is now been over a month and a half since the cancellation and subsequent resurrection of CBS’ Jericho, and the time has come for Jericho fans to put their devotion to the test. As announced in early June, CBS begins reairing half of the show’s first season tonight at 9pm EDT on CBS with the show’s one-hour pilot.
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This is a substantial test for CBS, and is basically the most definitive post-renewal moment that its fans have faced. These reruns are designed to give new fans a chance to catch the show, while also testing to see whether the people who shelled out cash for Nuts are also willing to also take an hour out of their Friday evening in order to spend some time in Kansas.
Here at Cultural Learnings, we’ll be bringing the Jericho Rerun Report to life each Friday evening where we’ll recap the episode and give fans a place to discuss thethe episode in general or, if they’re watching it for the first time, whether or not it turned them into a fan. I personally watched the first few episodes of the series, but lost interest before things got, apparently, much more interesting. So, some of this will be new for me as well. Will these reruns be enough to win over a jaded viewer? Only time will tell.
The JRR for tonight’s airing of the Pilot will be posted, clearly, tonight. However, for now, here are a few ratings benchmarks to consider for CBS coming into tonight’s broadcast.
Ghost Whisperer (Lead-In)
Jericho should look to maintain a sizable portion of its Ghost Whisperer lead-in, especially in the key demo of 18-49.
Last Week’s Ratings for Ghost Whisperer: 4.54 Million Viewers (18-49 – 1.3/6)
Two Weeks Ago: 4.25 Million Viewers (18-49 – 1.1/5)
Close to Home (Former Occupant)
Although canceled, Close to Home was repeating in the 9pm timeslot and was performing quite well in viewership, but not key demos. If Jericho can best its key demo numbers, it will be a success.
Last Week’s Ratings for Close to Home: 5.84 Million Viewers (18-49 – 1.2/4)
Two Weeks Ago: 5.79 Million Viewers (18-49 – 1.3/4)
Friday Night Smackdown! (Competition – The CW)
Professional wrestling might not be a threat during the normal season, but in the summer is often wins the night in key demos. If Jericho can help CBS regain the demographic crown from its corporate cousin, that will be a feather in its cap.
Last Week’s Ratings for Smackdown!: 4.01 Million Viewers (18-49 – 1.4/5)
Two Weeks Ago: 4.08 Million Viewers (18-49 – 1.3/5)
Jericho needs to, in order to be seen as “successful”, win its timeslot in key demos, lead CBS to an across the board demo win, and perform at least as well as Close to Home within its timeslot. While I would like to believe that CBS is going to let these reruns play out no matter the ratings, I can’t quite be that optimistic. Still, there are some benchmarks. Let’s see if fans can make it happen.
I’ll be watching tonight: will you?
EDIT: Well, kystorms will! Over at Jericho on CBS, there’s some extensive Jericho coverage that can’t help but inspire people to do some watching. Check it out. But clearly, my recaps will be better. 😉 (I kid, I kid, read both!)