Survivor Gabon is the year’s 8th most-popular show, while Idol and Dancing are #1 and 2 again

Ratings for Survivor Gabon‘s finale last night were up over last spring’s finale, and helped make the show the 8th most-popular television show in the country for 2008, and the third-most popular reality series.

On Nielsen’s list of the top 10 highest-rated shows of 2008, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars are again the two most-popular series in the country, and because they air twice a week and Nielsen ranks the broadcasts separately, they take up the four top spots, meaning only eight shows are in the top 10. Survivor Gabon ranked as the seventh-most DVRed show, gaining 18 percent more viewers every week when DVR watchers were factored in, making it the most DVRed reality show.

Sunday night, Bob’s win over Susie was watched by an average of 13.76 million viewers from 8:30 to 10:30, according to CBS. The start was delayed by football, and because CBS sucks and insists upon airing a full four-hour prime-time schedule on Sundays despite nearly always being delayed by the games running over.

Anyway, CBS notes in a press release that “time period rankings are tentative and subject to change” as a result. The show placed second in all demographics and among viewers, but improved over Survivor Micronesia‘s finale ratings, which stands as the lowest-rated Survivor finale ever with only 13 million viewers. Still, 15.1 million watched Survivor China‘s finale last fall, so ratings are technically down year-to-year.

As to American Idol, the year’s number-one series, and Dancing with the Stars, the number-two show, their seventh (and for Dancing, sixth) seasons kept up their winning streaks: the performance shows placed first and third respectively, while their results shows were second and fourth. Overall, American Idol 7‘s Tuesday night episodes captured 15.5 percent of households on average, while 12.3 percent tuned in to Dancing with the Stars‘ performances.

Tops In 2008: Top TV Programs, Single Telecasts [Nielsen]
The Finale of “Survivor: Gabon” Outdelivers Last May’s “Survivor: Micronesia”… [CBS press release]

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