Survivor Fiji debuts with the series’ lowest ratings yet, but beats Ugly Betty, The Office

Survivor Fiji‘s debut on Thursday was watched by 16.7 million viewers, representing the series’ lowest-rated premiere ever.

Last fall, 17.7 million people watched the Survivor Cook Islands debut, while last spring’s Survivor Panama debut was watched by 19.3 million.

However, the show is in a heavily competitive timeslot, facing off against ABC’s Ugly Betty and NBC’s My Name is Earl and The Office, and Survivor beat those other shows “in most key categories,” Variety reports.

In addition, as Media Life reports, “all four programs averaged a 4.2 rating or above, which is quite rare these days on broadcast,” while CBS’ reality series “remains a top show for CBS in the demo, and no other reality show has demonstrated such impressive staying power for so long.”

ABC Thursday on rise [Variety]
Slide in ratings for returning ‘Survivor’ [Media Life Magazine]

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