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]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.