'Survivor's' ratings keep dropping
The long-running CBS reality show isn't immune to the networks' general malaise.
From Times wire reports
May 16, 2007
Eating bugs, stabbing fish with a makeshift spear and tropical island backstabbing appear to be losing their appeal for "Survivor" fans.
The long-running CBS game isn't immune to the general malaise affecting network TV this spring, as only 13.6 million people watched Sunday as California advertising executive Earl Cole unanimously won the Fiji edition, according to Nielsen Media Research.
That's down 17% from the 16.4 million people who watched the end of the previous edition in December. Last spring's finale had 17.1 million viewers, Nielsen said.
It illustrates how long it has been since the first "Survivor" in the summer of 2000 electrified fans and drew 51.6 million people to its conclusion. The latest game was the 14th "Survivor" edition.
CBS notes, however, that "Survivor" consistently wins its time slot against a hot new hit, ABC's "Ugly Betty," and NBC's "My Name Is Earl."
Even television's May sweeps, usually a season's climax, can't seem to get viewers excited. Only the two "American Idol" episodes and "House" on Fox brought in more than 20 million viewers last week, Nielsen said. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" slipped to 16.1 million viewers.
The veteran CBS comedy "King of Queens" went out with a small wave of nostalgia, however. It was the most-watched sitcom on the air last week, and the 13.4 million who watched this Monday's finale was its biggest audience since 2003.
CBS was the nation's most popular network last week, averaging 11.3 million viewers in prime time. Fox had 10.2 million and won among viewers ages 18 to 49, a coveted demographic.
The week's only premiere, the ABC drama "Traveler," was 38th for the week and third in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. time slot with 8.6 million viewers. Viewership dropped 19% from the first half-hour to the second.
For the sixth consecutive week, HBO's "The Sopranos" was cable's most-watched show of the week, with 6.49 million viewers for its first airing Sunday, which would have put it 56th among the programs on the five major broadcast networks.
ABC's "World News" won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.9 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7.2 million viewers and the "CBS Evening News" was third for the 33rd consecutive week, with 6.1 million viewers.
Prime-time TV rankings
Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (May 7-13) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 283.5 million potential viewers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.
|1||American Idol (Wed.)||FOX||28.20|
|2||American Idol (Tue.)||FOX||25.47|
|4||Grey's Anatomy (Thu.)||ABC||19.58|
|5||Dancing With the Stars (Mon.)||ABC||19.44|
|8||Dancing With the Stars (Tue.)||ABC||16.86|
|10||Without a Trace (Thu.)||CBS||14.31|
|13||Survivor: Fiji Finale||CBS||13.63|
|14||King of Queens||CBS||13.42|
|15||Two and a Half Men||CBS||13.27|
|19||Brothers & Sisters||ABC||11.61|
|20||"Survivor: Fiji Reunion"||CBS||11.43|
|22||Law & Order: SVU (Tue.)||NBC||10.94|
|25||Deal or No Deal (Mon.)||NBC||10.43|
|26||The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman||ABC||10.38|
|27||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||ABC||10.35|
|28||Close to Home||CBS||10.27|
|35||Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (8 p.m.)||FOX||9.32|
|37||Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (9 p.m.)||FOX||8.70|
|39||Law & Order (Fri.)||NBC||8.30|
|40||Without a Trace (Tue.)||CBS||8.15|
|42||New Adventures of Old Christine||CBS||7.82|
|44||How I Met Your Mother||CBS||7.69|
|46||Law & Order (Sat.)||NBC||7.41|
|49||America's Funniest Home Videos||ABC||7.04|
|50||48 Hours Mystery||CBS||6.99|
|51||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||NBC||6.94|
|My Name Is Earl||NBC||6.94|
|53||The Simpsons (8:30 p.m.)||FOX||6.86|
|54||Dateline: NBC (Fri.)||NBC||6.78|
|55||The Simpsons (8 p.m.)||FOX||6.54|
|56||Crimetime Saturday (9 p.m.)||CBS||6.42|
|58||According to Jim (8 p.m.)||ABC||6.35|
|59||20/20 (10 p.m.)||ABC||6.15|
|60||Law & Order: SVU (Sat.)||NBC||5.97|
|61||Crimetime Saturday (8 p.m.)||CBS||5.71|
|62||Notes From the Underbelly||ABC||5.70|
|66||Thank God You're Here (Wed.)||NBC||5.27|
|67||Destilando Amor (Mon.)||UNI||5.00|
|68||Dateline: NBC (Tue.)||NBC||4.98|
|69||Destilando Amor (Thu.)||UNI||4.96|
|70||America's Top Model 2 (Wed.)||CW||4.92|
|71||NBA Playoffs (8:12 p.m.)||ABC||4.91|
|72||La Fea Más Bella (Mon.)||UNI||4.89|
|73||Destilando Amor (Tue.)||UNI||4.88|
|La Fea Más Bella (Wed.)||UNI||4.88|
|75||Destilando Amor (Wed.)||UNI||4.85|
|76||Dateline: NBC (Sat.)||NBC||4.82|
|77||Real Wedding Crashers||NBC||4.77|
|78||"Fox NASCAR Nextel Pre-Show" (Sat.)||FOX||4.67|
|79||Destilando Amor (Fri.)||UNI||4.63|
|80||George Lopez (Tue.)||ABC||4.60|
|81||Friday Night Smackdown||CW||4.56|
|82||According to Jim (9 p.m.)||ABC||4.55|
|83||La Fea Más Bella (Tue.)||UNI||4.42|
|84||George Lopez (Wed.)||ABC||4.41|
|86||20/20 (9 p.m.)||ABC||4.34|
|87||Grey's Anatomy (Fri.)||ABC||4.30|
|88||La Fea Más Bella (Fri.)||UNI||4.15|
|La Fea Más Bella (Thu.)||UNI||4.15|
|91||Cops (8:30 p.m.)||FOX||3.87|
|92||King of the Hill (7:30 p.m.)||FOX||3.68|
|93||Dateline: NBC (Sun.)||NBC||3.67|
|Thank God You're Here (Sun.)||NBC||3.67|
|95||"Daddy Day Care"||FOX||3.64|
|96||Cops (9:30 p.m.)||FOX||3.57|
|97||Cops (9 p.m.)||FOX||3.47|
|98||Nuestra Belleza (Tue.)||UNI||3.44|
|100||Aqui y Ahora||UNI||3.35|
|101||Don Francisco Presenta||UNI||3.33|
|102||7th Heaven (8 p.m.)||CW||3.32|
|103||Bailando Boda Suenos||UNI||3.23|
|104||One Tree Hill||CW||2.95|
|105||King of the Hill (7 p.m.)||FOX||2.90|
|108||Duelo de Pasiones (Wed.)||UNI||2.87|
|109||Duelo de Pasiones (Thu.)||UNI||2.77|
|111||Duelo de Pasiones (Mon.)||UNI||2.63|
|112||Duelo de Pasiones (Fri.)||UNI||2.60|
|113||Duelo de Pasiones (Tue.)||UNI||2.48|
|Everybody Hates Chris||CW||2.48|
|115||"NBA Playoffs" (Sat., 8 p.m.)||ABC||2.47|
|116||All of Us||CW||2.29|
|119||Futbol Liga Mexicana||UNI||1.70|
|120||America's Top Model 2 (Sun.)||CW||1.67|
|121||7th Heaven (7 p.m.)||CW||1.44|
|122||Dame Chocolate (Mon.)||TEL||1.31|
|123||Dame Chocolate (Tue.)||TEL||1.29|
|Dame Chocolate (Wed.)||TEL||1.29|
|126||Dame Chocolate (Fri.)||TEL||1.18|
|127||Esclava Isaura (Mon.)||TEL||1.16|
|130||Esclava Isaura (Tue.)||TEL||1.12|
|136||Cinemundo del Sabado||TEL||1.06|
|137||Dame Chocolate (Thu.)||TEL||1.03|
|140||Esclava Isaura (Thu.)||TEL||0.95|
|141||Esclava Isaura (Wed.)||TEL||0.92|
|142||Esclava Isaura (Fri.)||TEL||0.87|
|146||Marav Mundo Disney||TEL||0.56|
Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season.
|Network||Last week||Season to date|