I've been watching since the first ep. The concept really caught my attention, but I agree, the initial execution was just "meh" in a lot of ways. It's picked up a bit here & there, though even now I feel some episodes (this week being a prime example) are feeling a bit too "LOST-y" - copying the interspersed "meaningful" flashback format...
The show is fairly low on my TV-priorities, but it DOES happen to be one my wife isn't interested in watching, so I usually stay pretty up-to-date on them just because I watch 'em when she's out or otherwise busy, while higher priority shows may hang around and wait until we can watch 'em together.
Anyway, for Jericho - I have to say I'm surprised that Skeet does a decent job carrying a show... with a LOT of help from Lennie James (Hawkins) and Gerald McRaney (Johnston). The whole setting keeps me interested the most - finding out more about the initial attack, as well as more of how things are now. The war between Jericho & New Bern is cool, but I'm even happier that the REAL troops are moving in now, so that maybe we can find out more about the rest of the country outside Jericho.
I can't believe they killed off Johnston. Going to take a LOT of work from the other leads to make up for that kind of personality on the show.