At the very beginning of the A18-49+ era, CBS Wednesday was a problem night. But developing CSI: NY and Criminal Minds in back to back seasons cured a lot of ills. The 8:00 hour remained a problem for pretty much those dramas' entire time together, but starting in fall 2010 CBS locked it down by moving Survivor to the night. A second former Thursday megahit joined when the original CSI took over 10/9c in 2011, creating a solid three-hour lineup that was intact for three years.
|2001-02||60 Minutes II||The Amazing Race Fall||Wolf Lake||72|
|2002-03||60 Minutes II||The Amazing Race Fall||Presidio Med||68|
|2003-04||60 Minutes II||King of Queens||Becker||Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.||65|
|2004-05||60 Minutes II||King of Queens||Center of the Universe||CSI: NY||88|
|2005-06||Still Standing||Yes, Dear||Criminal Minds||CSI: NY||93|
|2006-07||Jericho||Criminal Minds||CSI: NY||102|
|2007-08||Kid Nation||Criminal Minds||CSI: NY||96|
|2008-09||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Gary Unmarried||Criminal Minds||CSI: NY||101|
|2009-10||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Gary Unmarried||Criminal Minds||CSI: NY||103|
|2010-11||Survivor Fall||Criminal Minds||The Defenders||121|
|2011-12||Survivor Fall||Criminal Minds||CSI||132|
|2012-13||Survivor Fall||Criminal Minds||CSI||126|
|2013-14||Survivor Fall||Criminal Minds||CSI||122|
|2014-15||Survivor Fall||Criminal Minds||Stalker||119|
2014-15 Update: Survivor had another banner year in 2014-15, dropping less than the league average for both the fall and spring (134) seasons. But the network as a whole regressed, as Criminal Minds gave back most of the Survivor gains with a slight drop at 9/8c, then 10/9c occupants Stalker and CSI: Cyber (82) fell well shy of CSI's previous production. They'll try again with Code Black this fall, and they well may be trying again multiple times (especially since a Criminal Minds spin-off sits on the shelf).
Notable midseason replacements:
- CBS' last tweak to this lineup before CSI came in was the spring 2011 Criminal Minds spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (92).