Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.

Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.
In the epic showdown of drama versus reality, Survivor Vanuatu lost. And won. So everyone wins. But of course, we’re prepared for an onslaught of reality is dead stories. Broadcasting and Cable’s particularly schizophrenic report is titled “Survivor Beats Housewives,” but in its fourth paragraph, says, “Desperate Housewives won its time period and was the highest-rated show on the night with a 9.3/20 to a 7.9/17 for the final hour of the Survivor finale (the 10-11 Survivor was a reunion show). But ABC’s other shows were not strong enough to woo viewers carrying a torch for CBS.” During its hour, Desperate Housewives was watched by 22.2 million viewers, while Survivor Vanuatu had “19.7 million viewers overall,” according to Variety. That’s slightly up from an average this season of 19.6 million. The reunion was watched by 16.2 million.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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