While some critics have been less than enthusiastic about "Jericho,"
it has gotten fairly good ratings in the United States, and CBS has
ordered a full season of episodes.
"Citing solid ratings growth, CBS has signed new drama 'Jericho,'
featuring Skeet Ulrich and Gerald McRaney, to a full season of 22
episodes, the network says.
The Wednesday night drama has averaged 11.3 million viewers and a 3.4
rating among adults 18-49, boosting viewership 48 percent in a time
slot that CBS ran comedies in last season, the Zap2it TV news service
'Jericho,' which focuses on how a rural Kansas town is affected
following a nuclear explosion that leaves it isolated, has remained
strong in the ratings while going against postseason baseball on Fox
and NBC's new comedy block, CBS says."
Political Gateway: CBS's 'Jericho' gets full-season nod
"According to the press release, the show has averaged 11.3 million
viewers, a 48% increase from Wednesdays last year, and all the
desirable demographics are up. Overall, the show is helping the
network see its biggest single-day ratings growth compared to last
season. So, even though the show is not a 'hit' by normal standards
(Grey's and CSI, for instance, each drew over 20 million viewers last
week), it's doing well enough to warrant a full season."
TV Squad: Jericho gets a full season from CBS
"Following in the footsteps of ABC?s new strategy with Lost and what
Fox does with Prison Break, CBS will bench rookie serialized drama
Jericho from December through mid-February, opting to only air new
episodes through the rest of the season.
The show, about the aftermath of a nuclear explosion, will air through
Wednesday, November 29, and then CBS will sideline the show until
February 21, though it will air a recap show on February 14.
One of the surprises of the fall season, Jericho has averaged a 3.4/10
rating in adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers in its Wednesday 8 p.m.
Broadcasting Cable: CBS to Split Jericho Season
"Jericho, CBS's hit freshman drama about the aftermath of a nuclear
explosion in a small, peaceful Kansas town, will be broadcast without
repeats for the remainder of the 2006-2007 season.
The network announced today that it has devised a scheduling pattern
to broadcast the series in two distinct seasons. 'Jericho' will
conclude its 'fall season' with a cliffhanger finale on Wednesday,
Nov. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and come back in February with all
original episodes for the remainder of the season...
To sustain audience momentum and update potential new viewers, CBS
will create an online destination for 'Jericho' during the show's
10-week intermission. The site will include original content,
interactive elements, recaps and sneak previews."
Starpulse: CBS Presents 'Jericho' In Two Distinct Seasons With No Repeats
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I read something in "Time" magazine that I think sums up "Jericho" quite well:
"...the most unlikely fall hit, CBS's Jericho, has more than 11
million people a week tuning in to visit a Kansas town that survives a
nuking that has incinerated untold U.S. cities (taking, presumably,
your local CBS affiliate with them)...
Jericho... gives us doomsday as soap opera... Jericho doles out its
horror in doses--flickering TV images of ruined cities, radiation
victims dead by a lake--and softens it with soap-opera B-plots. The
survivors have affairs and family fights; teenagers flirt and throw
parties. Chicago may be burning, but somewhere on the Great Plains,
The O.C. lives."