‘Survivor’ Ratings Win Night, Fall From Past Debuts

Sep 15, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The premiere of CBS’s “Survivor,” which has generated headlines with its racially segregated format this season, delivered the network a ratings win Thursday night. It was the smallest audience watching a “Survivor” debut since the reality show started in 2000.

CBS attracted the biggest audience in the 18- to 49-year-old age group, posting a 6.3 preliminary national rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was down 10 percent from the February, 2006, premiere, when the show garnered a 7 rating. The show drew a 6.6 rating for its September, 2005, debut.

The “Survivor” audience figures represent mixed tidings for CBS in that the show is still a strong performer. But even the storm of press reports about the new format failed to lift the show’s 8 p.m. audience above past debuts.

A repeat of CBS’s “CSI” at 9 p.m. was the second-highest rated program for the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 4.8, while an additional “CSI” rerun at 10 p.m. was third with a 4.7. The ratings figures include live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders.

ABC and NBC’s schedules were dominated by repeats, and Fox experienced declines in the adult 18 to 49 age group for its entire Thursday lineup. At 8 p.m., Fox marriage comedy “‘Til Death” scored a 2.4 rating, down 11 percent from its series debut last week. At 8:30 p.m. the sitcom “Happy Hour” came in with a 2.1, down 13 percent from its premiere last Thursday. At 9 p.m. reality series “Celebrity Duets” was down 12 percent from its time period premiere last week with a 2.3.