Dancing with the Stars has more viewers than Survivor, but not among 18- to 49-year-olds

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars 2 was watched by more people than CBS’ Survivor Panama, which aired its second episode Thursday.

19.8 million people watched George Hamilton’s final night on the ballroom dancing competition, while only 18.9 million watched as the four tribes merged, according to Variety. That’s a slip for Jeff Probst and crew, who were watched by 19.3 million people last week. (Media Life’s numbers are a bit better for

However, Survivor had a 6.6 rating and 17 share among 18-to-49 year olds, the group advertisers lust after, while Dancing had only a 5.5 rating and 14 share in the same group.

CBS, ABC’s “Stars” shine Thursday [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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