2.116 million viewers watched via their DVRs within seven days of the actual broadcast, according to Nielsen numbers released by CBS. That may partially explain its falling overnight ratings; people are watching, just not live. Or perhaps the show is heavily DVRed because viewers want to replay the challenges with half-naked people wrestling in the mud.
Two other CBS shows comprised the only two other reality shows in the DVR top 10: the finale of Big Brother 8 was sixth (with 1.24 million DVR viewers) and the premiere of Kid Nation was eighth (with 1 million additional viewers via DVR).
The Premiere of “Survivor: China” is the #1 Most DVR’d Program of the Week [CBS press release]