Starring Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane's a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.
The pilot episode had an audience of 15.6 million viewers in its first airing, and 7.8 million in a re-airing three days later. It also introduced some of Jane's backstory, indicating that his wife and daughter had been murdered five years before the series began by a serial killer known as "Red John."
After CBS observed the ratings of The Mentalist, it ordered six more scripts, tallying up the total episodes to 19.
|Patrick Jane||Simon Baker|
|Teresa Lisbon||Robin Tunney|
|Wayne Rigsby||Owain Yeoman|
|Kimball Cho||Tim Kang|
|Grace Van Pelt||Amanda Righetti|
|#||Episode||Air Date||Timeslot (EST)||Season||Rating||Share||18-49 (Rating/Share)||Viewers (m)||Weekly Rank (#)|
|1||"Pilot"||September 23, 2008|| Tuesday|
|2||"Red Hair and Silver Tape"||September 30, 2008||9.7/15||3.6/9||15.5||#6|
|3||"Red Tide"||October 14, 2008||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|4||"Ladies in Red"||October 21, 2008||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|5||"Red Brick and Ivy"||October 28, 2008||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|