Nellie Andreeva

The premiere of CBS’ Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior drew a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers last night. It dominated the 10 PM hour, built slightly on its lead-in, mothership Criminal Minds series (3.2/9, 12.8 million) and ranked as CBS’ top-rated program of the night. Vs. the premiere of The Defenders in the same slot in September, Suspect Behavior was up 14% in the demo.

CBS’ Survivor was impacted by its new regular competition, Fox’s American Idol. The debut of Survivor: Redemption Island (3.2/9, 11.2 million), the first season premiere of the veteran reality show to face Idol, was down 29% from the show’s spring premiere last season in its old Thursday 8 PM slot. It was Survivor‘s lowest-rated opener and lowest-rated regular telecast ever.  Survivor didn’t go down without a fight. It dinged Idol a bit, with the 8-9 PM portion of the singing competition slipping 14% from last Wednesday.

Fox’s American Idol aired a two-hour episode (8.1/23, 22.8 million), which was down 4% from last week’s hourlong show. Vs. the comparable episode last season, Idol was down 21% but that episode was highly promoted as it featured the debut of Ellen DeGeneres as new judge. Extending Idol from an hour to two-hour this week pushed the 9 PM shows down. For instance, Criminal Minds was down 11%.

But the drops were steepest at ABC where the Matthew Perry starrer Mr. Sunshine (2.6/7, 7 million) was down a whopping 30% in the demo from its premiere last week. Its lead-in, Modern Family (4.3/12, 10.5 million) was down 16%. Adding Survivor to Idol as competition took a toll on the 8-9 PM ABC comedies. The Middle (2.3/7, 8 million) at 8 PM was down 12% in 18-49 for a season low, while Better with You (1.8/5, 5.9 million) was down 14% for a series low. There was more bad news for ABC at 10 PM, where medical drama Off the Map (1.5/4, 4.3 million) was down 21% in the demo for a series low.

NBC’s once promising game show Minute to Win It (1.0/3 from 8-10 PM) was crushed, down 41% from last week. Law & Order: SVU (2.2/6) was down 15%. The CW aired repeats.

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