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American Idol regains its ratings lead over Survivor

American Idol regains its ratings lead over Survivor
Ryan Seacrest during the Feb. 24 episode of American Idol's Farewell Season, which beat Survivor Kaoh Rong. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/Fox)

Almost exactly two years ago, Survivor beat American Idol for the very first time. Since then, Survivor has regularly beaten Idol head-to-head, with a regular episode even beating Idol’s finale last spring.

Alas, as Idol comes to an end, Survivor’s reign has, at least for now, come to an end. Survivor Kaoh Rong has now lost head to head two weeks in a row.

Last week, Survivor had slightly more viewers—8.297 million to Wednesday Idol’s 8.228 million—but lost in the 18-49 demographic. This week, among both total viewers and those 18 to 49, Survivor lost: 1.9 vs Idol’s 2.1; 8.39 million viewers versus Idol’s 8.92 million.

Yes, these ratings are very, very close, and may shift when 7-day DVR ratings are added in. I don’t think this isn’t bad news for either show, really. But it’s interesting that some people are going back to Idol and, relative to last spring, leaving Survivor.

Perhaps this will change as Survivor ramps up, and of course, American Idol is ending early, so they won’t go head-to-head after April 6.

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