Survivor gaining teenagers as it loses older viewers

Survivor Panama is losing popularity with old people (those fogies ages 18 to 49), but it’s gaining teenage viewers.

This season “is the most-watched among 12-17s in the past four editions of the show,” Media Life reports. Among male teenagers, the show has grown 48 percent, while increasing female teenage viewers by 29 percent. That’s compared to a 13 percent drop among people 18 to 49 from last spring’s Survivor Palau.

Why is this happening? Media Life says that “CBS is clearly benefiting from Fox’s decision to move” its drama The OC an hour later on Thursday nights. But I’d bet that even if they were up against one another, it’d still be happening, because The OC has reached an unrivaled level of suckitude this season, as it plunged from being hip and fun to being cliched and boring. Plus, there’s a lot more flesh on Survivor, whose competitors are basically half-naked for the entire show, not for a few seconds on occasion, and last Thursday, they all wrestled in the sand. Let’s see Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson do that.

Island aloha: Teens return to ‘Survivor’ [Media Life Magazine]

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