CBS's franchise reality show "Survivor" continued its recent head-to-head success against Fox's singing competition "American Idol" Wednesday night as CBS chalked up another overall win for prime time, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "Survivor" was the top-rated show on broadcast with a 2.4 average in 18-49 in the 8 p.m. hour, rising one-tenth of a point from a week ago. Fox's two-hour "Idol," meanwhile, dipped one-tenth to a 2.0.
CBS's dramas were down: "Criminal Minds" fell three-tenths from a week ago to a 2.3 — still the second-best number for any broadcast show Wednesday night in the 18-49 demo — and "CSI" was off one-tenth with a 1.7.
Third-place NBC opened prime time with a repeat of "Law & Order: SVU" (1.0 average in 18-49), followed by a fresh installment of the show, which surged three-tenths from a week ago to a 2.0. "Chicago PD" held steady at 10 p.m. with a 1.6.
ABC aired mostly reruns and finished fifth overall among the broadcast nets, as its only fresh show of the night, "Mixology," plunged five-tenths from a week ago to a 1.1 in viewers 18-49.
For prime time overall, CBS's 2.1 average rating won the 18-49 demo, followed by Fox (2.0 average), NBC (1.5), Univision (1.2) and ABC (1.0). The race for total viewers was also tight, with CBS again getting the edge. CBS averaged 9.5 million to lead Fox (8.8 million), NBC (6.0 million), ABC (3.5 million) and Univision (3.0 million).