‘Survivor’ Premieres With a Whimper, Can’t Touch ‘Idol’ in Wednesday Ratings

Feb 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s "American Idol" maintained a comfortable lead in the Wednesday night Nielsen ratings race, unfazed by the premiere of CBS’s latest installment of "Survivor," reports TVbytheNumbers.com.

The “Survivor” premiere was not just the show’s lowest-rated season premiere ever in the 18-49 demo, but also its lowest-rated regular episode ever.

Fox finished the night with a huge lead in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. Fox averaged an 8.1 rating for the night in 18-49, way ahead of CBS’s 3.2, ABC’s 2.3, Univision’s 1.5 and NBC’s 1.4. In total viewers, Fox averaged 22.8 million to 12.3 million for CBS, 6.7 million for ABC, 4.8 million for NBC and 3.8 million for ABC.

At 8 p.m. "Idol" earned an average rating of 7.2 in the 18-49 demo, besting "Survivor," which had a 3.2 in the same demo. ABC’s "The Middle" and "Better With You" had a 2.3 average and a 1.8, respectively, in the same demo, while the first hour of NBC’s "Minute to Win It" collected a 1.05 in the 18-49 demo.

At 9 p.m. ABC’s "Modern Family" and "Mr. Sunshine" logged a 4.3 and a 2.6, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic for the hour, but "Idol’s" second hour was No. 1 with a 9.0 in the same demo. CBS’s "Criminal Minds" averaged a 3.2 in 18-49 for the hour, and the second hour of "Minute" slipped to a 0.95 in that demo.

CBS’s new spinoff of "Criminal Minds," "Criminal Minds: Suspect," premiered at 10 p.m. with a 3.25 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour. That was better than NBC’s "Law and Order: SVU" with a 2.15 average in the 18-49 demo and ABC’s "Off the Map" with a mean score of 1.45 in that demo.

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  1. Survivor brought this on themselves by bringing back retreads Rob and Russell. Nothing says “been there done that” like a reality competition show bringing someone back for the fourth time.

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