'Survivor' ratings improve slightly

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Did fans reset their DVRs? CBS’ Survivor ratings increased slightly for the show’s second episode of the season.

TV show viewership typically dips the week after a show’s premiere. But last night’s Survivor made slight gains among its total audience and the 18-49 demo compared to last week’s two-hour opener. Previously, I suggested Survivor‘s ratings downtrend over the years may have been hastened by CBS taking the unusual step of changing the show’s official title for every cycle (so fans with DVRs need to remember to re-program the show twice a year unlike with most other returning shows), a theory that received some pickup.

The rest of CBS’ lineup had notable movements too — both good and bad. Criminal Minds was down a tick from its last original episode two weeks ago to tie its series-low ratings, but CSI rebounded 21 percent from last week’s low.

Otherwise, Wednesday night looked a lot like last week. Survivor‘s big rival, Fox’s American Idol, was down 5 percent and topped the chart. NBC’s lineup struggled. ABC’s comedy block mostly improved slightly.

Full Chart:

ADULT DEMO RANK ADULTS 18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-10P AMERICAN IDOL #1 4.1 14,239
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE #6 2.2 8,170
8:30P NEIGHBORS #8t 1.9 6,294
9:00P MODERN FAMILY #2 3.9 10,567
9:30P SUBURGATRY #7 2.0 5,886
10-11P 20/20 S #11 1.3 4,981
CBS 8-9P SURVIVOR #4 2.5 9,448
9-10P CRIMINAL MINDS #3 2.7 10,741
10-11P CSI #5 2.3 10,537
NBC 8:00P WHITNEY #12t 1.1 3,255
8:30P GUYS-KIDS #12t 1.1 2,962
9-10P LAW&O:SVU #10 1.7 5,707
10-11P CHICAGO FIRE #8t 1.9 6,422
CW 8-9P ARROW #14t 0.9 3,122
9-10P SUPRNATURAL #14t 0.9 2,218

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