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CBS' 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' with Forest Whitaker hunts down strong ratings in premiere

Forestwhitaker Looks like CBS' new procedural "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" has profiled a solid start for itself.

The natural question was whether the "Criminal Minds" franchise would prove worthy of spinoff, a la the more-popular "NCIS." But Wednesday night any doubt was answered with a 10 p.m. time slot victory for "Suspect Behavior," which stars Forest Whitaker as FBI profiler Sam Cooper. The premiere
(12.9 million total viewers) easily swept past NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (7.2 million) and ABC's "Off the Map" (4.3 million), according to the Nielsen Co.

For CBS, "Suspect Behavior" delivered its best numbers in the time slot in more than a year. And it held on to 99% of the 9 p.m. audience from the original "Criminal Minds," which is a sign of strong viewer interest.

Fox's "American Idol" -- with a two-hour drama-filled episode devoted to the singers dividing into groups -- dominated the night with an impressive 22.8 million average viewers.

Show Trackers, what did you think of the premiere of "Suspect Behavior"?

-- Scott Collins


Photo: Forest Whitaker stars as FBI profiler Sam Cooper. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times



Comments () | Archives (65)

I've watched four episodes of Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior and I just don't like it.
Criminal Minds is one of my favorite shows and I was looking forward to another CM but the characters just don't gel. I like Forest Whitiker but not in this role. The rest of the cast just doesn't seem to work. Even Penelope Garcia (who I think is geat) cannot pull this one off.

This is my only post, and I don't like Garafalo either. She wants to make her personal feelings public, fine with me, and it should be fine for me to make judgements about how I feel about het. Not that I necessarily disagree with what she says, it's that she is a downer. She's mean spirited and while that sits fancy with some, it's a turn off to me. So ... Do I want to stare at her and listen to her condesending, whiny remarks for an hour on tv.? Seriously not.
I dont care for the new Criminal Minds. I might like it better without her, not sure.

When Janeane Garofalo is no longer on this spin off of Criminal Minds then I will give it a shot and watch the series.

I promise not all the Garofalo haters are the same person, or even a small group. I know many, many people who do not like her on or off screen and know that until she leaves the show, will nto watch. I liked the team better during CM than now. The women do not fit with the team and the men are underutilized. As a female who really liked JJ and Emily, it is not that I prefer male characters. Just that I prefer good ones.

love Criminal Minds..watched Criminal minds suspect behavior and I really agree with other comments about the shows cast. LOVE Forrest Whitaker, but will not watch the show until u get rid of Janeane Garofalo. She is unAmerican and does not deserve to ruin what could be a good show

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