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Forest Whitaker Draws Crowd in 'Criminal Minds' Spin-Off Debut

Photo Courtesy - Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- A Criminal Minds spin-off is having much more early success than two other series that also premiered this year.

The debut episode of the new CBS drama Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, starring Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, was seen by 13.1 million viewers last week on CBS. It was a bigger audience than the one that tuned in to watch the original Criminal Minds.

By comparison, two other new shows were off to a less than stellar starts. NBC's Perfect Couples and Fox's Traffic Light drew between three and three-and-a-half million viewers last week.

CBS won the primetime ratings race for last week, followed by Fox, ABC, NBC, Univision, the CW, and ION Television.

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