‘Survivor’ Rescues CBS Thursday

Dec 15, 2006  •  Post A Comment

(Corrects ratings time element for “‘Til Death”)

The penultimate episode of “Survivor” gave CBS a Thursday night ratings victory and the highest-rated “Survivor” episode of the season, while “The OC” rebounded a bit for Fox.

The CBS reality series earned a 5.0 in the national ratings among adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. Even with the rest of CBS’s lineup full of repeats, that was enough to put the network well above closest competitor NBC, which continued to draw strength from its new comedy lineup.

NBC opened the night with a one-hour episode of “The Office” (3.9), down slightly from last week’s hour-long “My Name Is Earl.” “Scrubs” (3.8) and “30 Rock” (2.8) followed, and both were about average.

ABC came in third with a repeat-filled lineup, followed by Fox in fourth place. Fox had “Til Death” (1.9), which had its highest rating in four weeks, then “The War at Home” (1.8). At 9 p.m., “The OC” (2.0) continued to show growth following its weak debut and posted its best rating this season.

The CW was in fifth place with repeats.

(editor: Liff)