One of the biggest stories during this past TV season, was the cancellation and then subsequent uncancellation of CBS’s Jericho.
The show started off fairly well, improving CBS’s position on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m., but a long winter break caused a sharp decline in audience for the show. The first season finale drew a 5.2/9 household rating/share, 7.72 million viewers and a 2.1/7 household rating/share.
Leading up to the shows return sometime this coming fall season (a return date has not yet been set) CBS has decided to schedule repeats of the show on Friday nights, and the first of which occurred last night.
The results are actually fairly solid. Jericho was #1 for the 9:00 p.m. hour among households and viewers (3.2/6 household rating/share and 4.74 million viewers) and second on the hour among adults 18-49 with a 1.1/4 rating/share. Certainly nothing spectacular, but compared to the season finale, the repeat drew 62% of its households, 61% of its viewers and, most weakly, 52% of its adults 18-49. Pretty good numbers for a summer repeat of a once canceled series.
It remains to be seen though whether those nearly 5 million viewers are new to the show, or previous viewers, and whether or not this will have any positive effect on the show when it returns.