Survivor has consistently won its Thursday night at 8 p.m. timeslot for years, but that streak ended last night even though the show picked up viewers from its season debut.
Flash Forward, the weakly written new ABC series that’s a half-assed version of Lost that I seriously thought was going to be revealed to be a big prank when Seth MacFarlane showed up in a completely serious role, had 12.41 million viewers. Survivor Samoa had 11.87, up slightly from last week’s series low ratings. FlashForward also won among 18- to 49-year-olds, getting a 4.1 rating versus Survivor‘s 3.7, according to TV By the Numbers.
I’m not exactly sure how far back the streak goes–TV By the Numbers calls it “the first time in an eternity” that the CBS show has lost–but this 2008 Survivor Micronesia press release says that “[o]pposite regularly scheduled programming, SURVIVOR has been Number One in viewers in the Thursday, 8:00-9:00 PM time period in every broadcast since February 2003 (‘Survivor: Amazon’) and first in adults 18-49 since September 2004 (‘Survivor: Vanuatu’).”