The debut of Pirate Master on CBS was watched by only 6.99 million viewers.
The show “ran second in its 8 o’clock hour and delivered about half of what ‘Survivor’ averaged in the timeslot earlier this spring,” Variety reports. Worse, the show “finished behind another of [Mark] Burnett’s shows, Fox’s gamer ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'”
However, the show “did manage to maintain or gain in share in its second half-hour in all key ratings categories,” Variety notes, and that’s a good sign.
By the way, CBS is “likely waiting to see how it fares before announcing the summer sked of Big Brother,” which usually airs in Pirate Master‘s Thursday timeslot.
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