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]

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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