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‘O.C.’ Premieres Strong for Fox, But CBS Still Scores with ‘Survivor’

Nov 5, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Fox premiered the second season of its teen soap “The O.C.” on Thursday with strong ratings for the network, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the latest installment of CBS reality veteran “Survivor.”

CBS won the 8 p.m. (ET) hour in the adults 18 to 49 demographic with a 7.8/20, according to Nielsen Media Research preliminary national ratings. NBC was second in the hour with original episodes of “Joey” (5.2/14) and “Will & Grace” (5.2/13), while Fox came in third in the demo at 8 p.m. with a 3.8/10.

Among adults 18 to 34, “Survivor: Vanuatu-Islands of Fire” came in first with a 5.5/16, edging out both “O.C.” (5.3/15) and “Joey” (4.4/13) and “Will & Grace” (5.0/14). “The O.C” did take the time period in teens with a 5.6/16, compared to “Survivor’s” 4.0/13 and NBC’s 1.5/4 for the hour.

Fox was quick to point out “The O.C.” premiere marked the network’s highest-rated performance in the demo for the night since a January 1998 episode of “New York Undercover.” The last time the network outperformed all-original programming on NBC among adults 18 to 34 was in 1994, when two episodes of “The Simpsons” beat episodes of “Mad About You” and “Wings.”

At 9 p.m., CBS’s “CSI” took the hour in the demo with a 10.6/25, followed by NBC’s “The Apprentice” (7.8/19) and the time-period premiere of Fox’s “North Shore” (2.0/5). “CSI” also won the hour in adults 18 to 34, teens and persons 12 to 34.

CBS won Thursday in adults 18 to 49 with an 8.5/21, followed by NBC (7.1/18), Fox (2.9/7), ABC (2.0/5), UPN (1.6/4), and The WB (0.9/2).