'Survivor: China' Lowest Premiere in Series History
September 21, 2007 9:35 AM
Thursday night’s premiere of “Survivor: China” was the lowest-rated debut in the reality show’s history, declining a steep 25 percent from last fall’s “Cook Islands,” and down 14 percent from last spring’s “Fiji” edition.
The 15th edition of the show earned a 4.9 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49 and was easily the highest-rated program of the night.
The curious thing about this: CBS would have been ecstatic to earn a 4.9 for Wednesday’s debut of “Kid Nation” — the network’s other challenge-filled 8 p.m. reality show premiering this week. Yet for the veteran “Survivor” series, this number is a disappointment. Success and failure are not about the ratings, they’re about the expectations.
CBS won the night with “Survivor” and repeats.
Fox was second, establishing their fall Thursday night reality block of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (2.3) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (2.9).
NBC was third, ABC fourth and The CW fifth with repeats.