Survivor crushing X Factor; The Voice is the most-popular reality show

The strength of Survivor Blood vs. Water has given the show strong ratings that are leaving it as the number two reality show in the country, behind only The Voice, which airs on different nights. Survivor is far, far ahead of its timeslot competition, Fox’s The X Factor, which airs at the same time, and is, of course, terrifyingly bad.

CBS said in a press release today that the show “delivered its largest audience of the season” with “10.18 million viewers”; it also had a 2.5 among adults 18 to 49. In final ratings, Survivor almost doubled the viewers who watched Simon Cowell’s lousy show, which had 5.51 million viewers and a 1.7 in 18-49, although the numbers for X Factor are its ratings across its entire two hours, and at 9 p.m., it had even stronger competition from Criminal Minds and Modern Family.

Last week, Survivor was the 18th most-popular show and the second-most popular reality series during the week, behind a very strong The Voice. The NBC competition was the second most-popular non-football show last week.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.