JerichoesaiSurprised not to see a bigger pop for "Jericho" in its long-awaited return to CBS’ sked, particularly after the generally glowing reviews for the new batch of adventures in war-torn Kansas.

Sophomore season preem of the drama, which was resurrected by fandemonium last spring after it was briefly canceled by the Eye, drew 7.1 million viewers and 2.6 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demo at 10 p.m.on Tuesday, per final Nielsens.

"Jericho" beat a fresh installment of ABC’s "Boston Legal" (7.3 million, 1.8/5) in the demo but tied a repeat of NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU" (8.3 million, 2.6/7). CBS pushed the show’s ardent fans to spread word-of-mouth about the show and organize viewing parties. Those numbers may well bump up the Nielsen geigercounter when the 7-day DVR figures are calculated.Jerichoseason2preem

As others have noted, Esai Morales (pictured above) has been a great addition to the "Jericho" ensemble as the hard-ass military dude, Major Beck, who’s been dispatched by the gov’n’munt to restore law and order to Dorothy-and-Toto country.

(Pictured right: Ashley Scott and Skeet Ulrich)

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