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More viewers are voting themselves off `Survivor'

Prime-Time TV Rankings

May 16, 2007|From Times wire reports

Eating bugs, stabbing fish with a makeshift spear and tropical island backstabbing appear to be losing their appeal for "Survivor" fans.

The long-running CBS game isn't immune to the general malaise affecting network TV this spring, as only 13.6 million people watched Sunday as California advertising executive Earl Cole unanimously won the Fiji edition, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That's down 17% from the 16.4 million people who watched the end of the previous edition in December. Last spring's finale had 17.1 million viewers, Nielsen said.

It illustrates how long it has been since the first "Survivor" in the summer of 2000 electrified fans and drew 51.6 million people to its conclusion. The latest game was the 14th "Survivor" edition.

CBS notes, however, that "Survivor" consistently wins its time slot against a hot new hit, ABC's "Ugly Betty," and NBC's "My Name Is Earl."

Even television's May sweeps, usually a season's climax, can't seem to get viewers excited. Only the two "American Idol" episodes and "House" on Fox brought in more than 20 million viewers last week, Nielsen said. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" slipped to 16.1 million viewers.

The veteran CBS comedy "King of Queens" went out with a small wave of nostalgia, however. It was the most-watched sitcom on the air last week, and the 13.4 million who watched this Monday's finale was its biggest audience since 2003.

CBS was the nation's most popular network last week, averaging 11.3 million viewers in prime time. Fox had 10.2 million and won among viewers ages 18 to 49, a coveted demographic.

The week's only premiere, the ABC drama "Traveler," was 38th for the week and third in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. time slot with 8.6 million viewers. Viewership dropped 19% from the first half-hour to the second.

For the sixth consecutive week, HBO's "The Sopranos" was cable's most-watched show of the week, with 6.49 million viewers for its first airing Sunday, which would have put it 56th among the programs on the five major broadcast networks.

ABC's "World News" won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.9 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7.2 million viewers and the "CBS Evening News" was third for the 33rd consecutive week, with 6.1 million viewers.

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Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (May 7-13) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 283.5 million potential viewers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.

*--* 1 American Idol (Wed.) FOX 28.20 2 American Idol (Tue.) FOX 25.47 3 House (Tue.) FOX 21.36 4 Grey's Anatomy (Thu.) ABC 19.58 5 Dancing With the Stars (Mon.) ABC 19.44

6 CSI CBS 18.75 7 CSI: Miami CBS 17.18 8 Dancing With the Stars (Tue.) ABC 16.86 9 Desperate Housewives ABC 16.13 10 Without a Trace (Thu.) CBS 14.31

11 NCIS CBS 13.88 12 Survivor: Fiji CBS 13.76 13 Survivor: Fiji Finale CBS 13.63 14 King of Queens CBS 13.42 15 Two and a Half Men CBS 13.27

16 Criminal Minds CBS 12.92 17 CSI: NY CBS 12.83 18 Lost ABC 12.11 19 Brothers & Sisters ABC 11.61 20 "Survivor: Fiji Reunion" CBS 11.43

21 Heroes NBC 11.14 22 Law & Order: SVU (Tue.) NBC 10.94 23 24 FOX 10.92 24 The Unit CBS 10.74 25 Deal or No Deal (Mon.) NBC 10.43

26 The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman ABC 10.38 27 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 10.35 28 Close to Home CBS 10.27 29 Bones FOX 10.23 30 Numb3rs CBS 10.03

31 Boston Legal ABC 9.98 32 Ugly Betty ABC 9.63 33 60 Minutes CBS 9.50 34 E.R. NBC 9.39 35 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (8 p.m.) FOX 9.32

36 Ghost Whisperer CBS 9.15 37 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (9 p.m.) FOX 8.70 38 "Traveler" ABC 8.60 39 Law & Order (Fri.) NBC 8.30 40 Without a Trace (Tue.) CBS 8.15

41 Medium NBC 7.91 42 New Adventures of Old Christine CBS 7.82 43 Jericho CBS 7.72 44 How I Met Your Mother CBS 7.69 45 House (Mon.) FOX 7.48

46 Law & Order (Sat.) NBC 7.41 47 Family Guy FOX 7.22 48 The Office NBC 7.17 49 America's Funniest Home Videos ABC 7.04 50 48 Hours Mystery CBS 6.99

51 Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC 6.94 My Name Is Earl NBC 6.94 53 The Simpsons (8:30 p.m.) FOX 6.86 54 Dateline: NBC (Fri.) NBC 6.78 55 The Simpsons (8 p.m.) FOX 6.54

56 Crimetime Saturday (9 p.m.) CBS 6.42 "Shrek" NBC 6.42 58 According to Jim (8 p.m.) ABC 6.35 59 20/20 (10 p.m.) ABC 6.15 60 Law & Order: SVU (Sat.) NBC 5.97

61 Crimetime Saturday (8 p.m.) CBS 5.71 62 Notes From the Underbelly ABC 5.70 63 American Dad FOX 5.67 64 Crossing Jordan NBC 5.34 65 Scrubs NBC 5.31

66 Thank God You're Here (Wed.) NBC 5.27 67 Destilando Amor (Mon.) UNI 5.00 68 Dateline: NBC (Tue.) NBC 4.98 69 Destilando Amor (Thu.) UNI 4.96 70 America's Top Model 2 (Wed.) CW 4.92

71 NBA Playoffs (8:12 p.m.) ABC 4.91 72 La Fea Mas Bella (Mon.) UNI 4.89 73 Destilando Amor (Tue.) UNI 4.88 La Fea Mas Bella (Wed.) UNI 4.88 75 Destilando Amor (Wed.) UNI 4.85

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