Ouch. For the first time ever, Survivor premiered against American Idol. Guess how that turned out?
On one hand, CBS’ Survivor, well, survived — any network will take 11.2 million viewers and a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating against Fox’s pet Death Star. But Survivor: Redemption Island was down 29 percent from a year ago and had its lowest-rated opener ever. Though last night’s episode was light years more compelling than any hour last season, another factor may have been the previous cycle disappointing fans.
As for Idol (22.8 million, 8.1), the two-hour behemoth was merely dented, down only 4 percent from last week, but the show also hit a Wednesday low.
CBS had better news at 10 p.m., with the series premiere of spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (12.8 million, 3.2). That went quite well, improving slightly on its Criminal Minds (12.9 million, 3.3) lead-in and easily winning the hour. In third, ABC had across-the-board declines: The Middle (8 million, 2.3), Better With You (5.9 million, 1.8), Modern Family (10.5 million, 4.3), and Mr. Sunshine (7 million, 2.6). Matthew Perry’s Sunshine dropped 30 percent from its premiere last week. Off the Map (4.3 million, 1.5) aired at 10 p.m. and hit a series low.
NBC recently decided to make Minute to Win It (3.6 million, 1.0) two hours after the show spiked one week, but last night, against the increased reality competition, it dropped dramatically — 41 percent — to a series low. At 10 p.m., Law & Order: SVU (7.3 million, 2.2) was down 15 percent.