Survivor is “more dominant” on Thursdays despite lower ratings

Survivor is being watched by fewer people than tuned in a year ago, but the show “has actually become more dominant in Thursday’s leadoff hour as NBC’s comedies and Fox’s ‘The OC’ have declined,” Variety reports.

With 18.98 million viewers, last Thursday’s episode–when Bobby Jon bit it–was the highest rated episode this season. That’s more than 10 million viewers over NBC’s “Joey” and “Will & Grace,” and more than 13 million more than watched “The OC.”

The high numbers helped CBS earn another sweeps month victory on Thursday night; CSI’s strong ratings didn’t hurt, either.

‘Survivor’ thriving [Variety]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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