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Looking for ‘Jericho’ and finding Mayberry

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The explosion assaults your otherwise quiet, habit-filled day. In the distance, a massive mushroom cloud heaves toward the heavens. Seconds later, you buckle from the shockwave. An electromagnetic jolt shocks you back to the Stone Age. When you regain consciousness you realize the dust shower now settling on your town was once a nearby metropolitan city. Days pass. Amid the chaos, you learn that this Armageddon was released on several dozen major metropolitan cities by the very hands of the newly formed, self-appointed government now taking over the country. Sit back, grab your bag of peanuts and enjoy the show. "Jericho" On Sept. 20, 2006, CBS debuted "Jericho." Twenty-two episodes later, on May 9, the final episode played to what many at CBS believed was a small, insignificant audience. While the pilot raked in a 7.6 rating with a 12 share indicating about 11 million viewers, the final episode, according to Nielsen ratings, logged a 5.2 rating ...