Survivor has its lowest-rated episode ever

Wednesday’s episode of Survivor Nicaragua, which featured Marty’s exit and NaOnka’s latest outburst, was the series lowest-rated regular episode ever among the all-important viewers ages 18 to 49.

TV By the Numbers reports that the show “fell 14% vs. last week to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.” An average of 11.253 million people watched, making it the second-most popular show from 8 to 9 p.m., behind ABC’s broadcast of the CMAs, which sucked viewers away from all networks.

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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