Survivor Panama finale is the lowest-rated yet for the series

Survivor Panama‘s finale was the lowest-rated finale in the show’s 12-season history. An average of 17 million people watched, according to the LA Times’ Channel Island, which suggests that, as a result, CBS may “reduce the frequency of the show a bit.”

Last night’s two-hour finale was watched by 20 percent fewer adults 18 to 49 compared to Survivor Guatemala last December, Media Life Magazine reports. The finale and reunion were both beaten by both Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy.

The lower ratings were sadly in line for the whole season. While the show often wins its time slot and still does well among 18- to 49-year-olds, after Thursday’s episode, viewership “was down 17 percent from the same night last year, when the second-to-last episode earned a 6.9,” according to Media Life.

The Overnights: Lowest ‘Survivor’ Finale [LA Times Channel Island]
‘Survivor’ finale sinks to a record low and Bad omen: ‘Survivor’ ratings flagging [Media Life Magazine]

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