American Idol was beaten by Survivor Wednesday night, the first time ever that’s happened.
The CBS reality competition’s 9.86 million viewers and 2.5 rating among adults 18 to 49 was bigger than Idol‘s 2.4 rating when the two shows went head-to-head–although the Fox series had 10.27 million viewers over its two hours.
In a press release, CBS notes that there were delays and/or preemptions in a small number of homes that could affect final ratings, but said “Survivor posted growth for the second straight week, sweeping its time period in viewers and key demographics while topping American Idol in the common hour for the first time.”
There’s also been an increase week-to-week of 3 percent in viewers and 4 percent among adults 18 to 49. After all, idiocy is entertaining.