Special ‘Survivor’ stokes CBS

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s “American Idol” and CBS’ special night of “Survivor” lifted their respective nets to strong performances Wednesday, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Shifted to Wednesday for a second week due to the Eye net’s coverage of the men’s college basketball tournament, “Survivor: Palau” (7.4 rating/20 share in adults 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall) dominated the 8 o’clock hour. CBS also was a solid second at 9 with a special repeat of “CSI” (5.7/13 in adults 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall), which helped produce some of the best scores in a while for 10 o’clock drama “CSI: NY” (5.9/16 in adults 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall).

The one-hour “do-over” episode of “American Idol” won easily at 9 but with the lowest scores for any edition of the series this season (8.9/21 in adults 18-49, 20.6 million viewers overall) – not surprising since it was basically a repackaged version of Tuesday’s show. Fox was also a solid second in the night’s opening hour with “That ’70s Show” (4.1/11 in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) and “The Simple Life 3” (3.6/9 in adults 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall).

ABC was led by “Alias,” albeit with season-low averages opposite tough competish (2.7/6 in adults 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), and NBC by a repeat “Law & Order” at 10 (2.8/8 in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary adults 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.4/16; CBS, 6.3/16; ABC, 2.5/6; NBC, 2.4/6; UPN, 1.6/4; WB, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.2 million; Fox, 14.3 million; NBC, 8.2 million; ABC, 6.8 million; UPN, 3.4 million; WB, 2.7 million.

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