CBS concluded its strong November sweep in winning fashion Wednesday behind a special episode of “Survivor: Pearl Islands,” which was far and away the night’s top draw.
Thanksgiving eve is generally a lower-level viewing night, as many young adults are en route to holiday destinations, but the Eye web bucked those odds by successfully incorporating a seg of its Thursday reality hit to kick things off Wednesday.
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Survivor” (7.1/21 in adults 18-49, 20 million viewers overall) won Wednesday’s leadoff hour in every category from kids to adults 50-plus and helped boost comedy “King of Queens” (5.2/15 in 18-49, 15.0m) to a comfortable victory at 9.
And in an example of just how strong the “CSI” franchise is for CBS, a repeat of the crime drama on a special night at 10 (prelim 4.9/14 in 18-49, 14.4 million) virtually matched a firstrun seg of NBC’s “Law & Order” (prelim 5.0/14 in 18-49, 14.8 million).
CBS took the night in all key measures, with ABC a solid second behind the first hour of its “Trista & Ryan’s Wedding” (prelim 5.0/14 in 18-49, 12 million) and a special episode of “Extreme Makeover” at 10 (4.6/13 in 18-49, 11 million). “Trista” led for its hour in 18-49, and “Extreme” prevailed with ease for its hour in 18-34 (4.4/15).
Fox appeared to be hit hardest by road-bound youngsters on Wednesday night, as “The OC” tumbled to season lows (prelim 2.7/8 in 18-49, 6.9m).
National ratings for Tuesday showed a tight three-way battle for first among adults 18-49, with ABC (4.1/11) edging past NBC and Fox, which tied at a 4.0/11. The Alphabet made a clean sweep of November’s Tuesdays in 18-49.
ABC was paced by a slot-leading 18-49 victory at 9 for “According to Jim” (4.8/13 in 18-49, 11.87m) and another strong perf from second-year 9:30 laffer “Less Than Perfect” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 10.24m).
NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” was the night’s top show (5.0/14 in 18-49, 13.14m), while Fox did pretty well at 8 with its spec “American Idol Christmas” (4.1/12 in 18-49, 10.87m).
Nielsen today will issue nationals for Wednesday and final statistics for the November sweep, which NBC will win in adults 18-49, and CBS in both adults 25-54 and total viewers.