Other reality, serialized shows gain too as end of season nears

Ten years later, “Survivor” is still going strong for CBS.

The final four hours of the reality show’s 20th edition lifted the Eye to within a couple ticks of Fox for the young-adult lead last week, while the net could claim victory among both adults 25-54 and total viewers. ABC was a solid third in most categories, and NBC ran a distant fourth.

Meanwhile, the NBA Playoffs continue to take auds away from their favorite entertainment series. Thursday’s game on ESPN between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers became the network’s second most-watched hoops game ever and actually beat every broadcaster in 18-49 for the night.

Overall, according to Nielsen nationals that include same-night DVR playback, Fox led in adults 18-49 with a 2.9 rating/9 share, followed by CBS (2.7/8), ABC (2.4/7), NBC (1.8/6), Univision (1.4/4), CW (1.1/3) and TNT (1.0/3). In adults 25-54, the Eye had it by 1 share over Fox (3.6/10 to 3.3/9), while it was a more comfortable margin for CBS in total viewers (10.5 million to 8.6 million for runner-up ABC).

CBS’ “Survivor,” which bowed its inaugural edition on May 31, 2000, wrapped its all-star “Heroes vs. Villains” season a winner on Sunday (4.2/11 in 18-49, 13.46 million viewers overall), as both it and the show’s final Thursday seg (4.1/13, 13.28m) placed in the week’s top 10 among adults 18-49. Also, Sunday’s reunion show ranked 16th (3.6/10, 10.65m).

Elsewhere, “The Big Bang Theory” was the week’s top scripted program in 18-49 (5.3/13, 13.73m), teaming with “Two and Half Men” (4.6/12, 13.86m) to get the net off to a winning start on Monday.

And another s tandout was Tuesday vet “NCIS” (3.9/11, 17.23m), which jumped sharply from the previous week and helped boost skedmates “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.3/8, 16.04m) and “The Good Wife” (2.4/7, 12.85m).

As for the net’s now-canceled vets, the season finale of “Old Christine” placed second in its Wednesday slot (1.8/6, 6.89m), and “Ghost Whisperer” narrowly prevailed in its Friday h our (1.5/6, 6.48m).

At Fox, “American Idol” claimed the week’s top two spots in demos with Tuesday’s performance hour (6.8/18, 19.17m) and Wednesday’s results show (6.6/17, 19.57m), while Tuesday’s “Glee” ranked fourth for the week (4.8/12, 11.57m).

There weren’t too many other fireworks for the net, although “Bones” (2.6/8, 9.20m) and “Fringe” (2.3/7, 6.00m) continue to make the net competitive on Thursday, as do the animated likes of “The Simpsons” (2.9/9, 6.24m) and “Family Guy” (3.9/10, 7.71m) on Sunday.

ABC saw rising numbers for its serialized hits, led by “Lost” on Tuesday (4.1/10, 10.32m) and the season finale of “Desperate Housewives” on Sunday (4.0/10, 12.75m). Thursday’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.9/11, 11.05m) edged up, leading into a strong finale for “Private Practice” (3.2/9, 9.30m), and “Brothers and Sisters” wrapped its season with a four-month high on Sunday (2.9/8, 9.93m).

Also, rookie laffer “Modern Family” achieved a series high on Wednesday (4.3/12, 10.34m), while “Dancing With the Stars” continues to provide the net with good numbers on Monday (4.1/11, 19.16m), as does “Primetime: What Would You Do” on Friday (1.9/6, 6.08m).

NBC was led by “The Office” (3.4/10 in 18-49, 6.60m) and “The Biggest Loser” (3.4/9, 8.47m), while its “Parenthood” (2.6/7, 5.93m) and “Law & Order: SVU” (2.8/8, 8.57m) again led their 10 p.m. hours in adults 18-49.

Sunday’s “Celebrity Apprentice” was low (2.3/6, 6.20m) opposite brutal competish from the finales of “Survivor” and “Desperate Housewives.” lso on Sunday, the “Miss USA” pageant (1.4/4, 5.28m) was nothing special, matching its year-ago perf.

CW had a goo d week, boosted by the two-hour finale of “America’s Next Top Model” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.77m) and the first-season finale of “The Vampire Diaries” (1.7/5, 3.47m).

Basketball-powered TNT led the cable networks in key demos even though USA, boosted by a Sunday marathon of “Law and Order: SVU,” prevailed in total viewers.

The top two NBA playoff games for TNT were Tuesday’s Boston-Cleveland matchu p (2.9/8, 6.74m) and Monday’s Los Angeles-Utah contest (2.4/8, 5.08m), which didn’t get under way until 10:45 p.m. in the East.

But ESPN’s Game 6 of the Boston-Cleveland series beat them all (3.7/11, 8.98m), topping broadcast leader CBS in 18-49 on Thursday and standing as the top show of the night in all male demos.

The standout entertainment series of the frame was Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” (1.7/5, 3.70m), which performed nicely despite facing competition that included the NBA Playoffs and “Lost.”

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