‘Survivor’ lifts CBS Sunday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS broke through with a Sunday victory in key demos and total viewers thanks to the finale and reunion show for “Survivor: Vanuatu,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Although ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” (9.3 rating/20 share in adults 18-49, 22.2 million viewers overall) prevailed head-to-head in the 9 o’clock hour, the Eye’s ninth finale of the “Survivor” franchise performed well from 8 to 10 (7.4/17 in adults 18-49, 19.7 million viewers overall). And at 10, the “Survivor” reunion spec (6.8/16 in adults 18-49, 16.2 million viewers overall) led over the Alphabet’s “Boston Legal” (5/12 in adults 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall).

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (5.9/14 in adults 18-49, 15.2 million viewers overall) was down vs. recent airings but was a strong No. 2 opposite “Survivor” at 8, and Fox’s “The Simpsons” was on par with its last few perfs (4.8/11 in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall).

NBC did OK with a repeat of theatrical “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” from 8 to 10 (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 6.1/14; ABC, 5.9/14; Fox, 3.9/9; NBC, 2.9/7; WB, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.2 million; ABC, 15.1 million; Fox, 9.2 million; NBC, 8.2 million; WB, 2 million.

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