CSI beats American Idol’s results show

Although American Idol 7 easily won its timeslot last night, the return of CBS’ drama CSI managed to draw more viewers and became the top show of the night.

Overall, 19.57 million people watched Michael Johns’ surprising elimination, while 19.93 million watched the CSI techs investigate the murder of a 3-year-old, according to Nielsen. Idol did gain back a couple million viewers who bailed for Idol Gives Back.

CBS noted in a press release that “CSI outdelivered ‘American Idol’ in viewers,” although its 8 p.m. show Survivor Micronesia placed second “behind FOX’s ‘American Idol’ vote off special,” as it was watched by 11.68 million viewers.

“CSI” Outdelivers “American Idol” in Viewers [CBS press release]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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