You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Survivor’ thriving in ratings

Skein draws young adults; 'Doe' finds aud

HOLLYWOOD — There appears to be no extinguishing the “Survivor” torch, as the fifth edition of the CBS reality adventure series opened very well on Thursday.

Fox’s new Friday drama “John Doe” is also off to a strong start, while the same net’s “Firefly” posted only so-so numbers in its bow.

According to Nielsen, “Survivor: Thailand” averaged 23.05 million viewers and a 9.6/28 in adults 18-49, a 5% improvement in the demo vs. the “Survivor 4” preem last winter.

Not having to face an original episode of NBC’s “Friends” seemed to help bring even more of the youngest adults to “Survivor,” with its 7.6/20 in adults 18-34 a 22% improvement over “Survivor 4.” “Friends,” which Thursday aired a repeat of its one-hour season finale, launches its ninth season this week.

The big “Survivor” bow helped boost lead-out “Big Brother” to its best ratings of the summer (14.57m, 6.4/17).

Elsewhere on Thursday, ABC’s “Push, Nevada,” in its regular Thursday at 9 slot for the first time, averaged a mere 2.4/6 in adults 18-49 (down from a 4.2/11 for its Tuesday preview), but it did deliver decent male demos. In fact, its 2.6/7 in men 18-49 and 3.5/8 in men 25-54 top every episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” to air in the hour last season.

Preem of the WB’s new Paramount series “Do Over” averaged a 1.2/3 in adults 18-49 and a 1.3/4 in adults 18-34 at 8:30, both improvements from its “Family Affair” lead-in. “Family” held up reasonably well in its second outing, tying for fourth in its slot in adults 18-34 (1.1/4) and averaging 3.38 million viewers overall.

Strong ‘Doe’ bow

Fox received good news from the premiere ratings for who-am-I drama “John Doe” on Friday, as the Regency skein defeated its mostly-repeat competish across the board in the 9 o’clock hour and built on the half-hour. In prelim nationals, “Doe” (9.6 million, 4.3/14 in A18-49) won its hour by 6 shares in adults 18-49 and by 9 shares or more in all key male demos.

It’s the strongest bow in adults 18-49 for any Friday series in the two years since “CSI” launched on CBS, and the best in adults 18-34 (prelim 3.9/15) since “Brother’s Keeper” on ABC in 1998.

At 8 p.m., Twentieth Television’s sci-fi Western “Firefly” led its mostly repeat competish in adults 18-49 (3.0/11) and other demos while finishing third in total viewers (6.3 million). It declined on the half-hour by most measures — not an especially encouraging sign since viewers were clearly interested in “John Doe” at 9.

Best Frog Friday

The WB’s Friday lineup, which includes the new “What I Like About You” at 8 and “Greetings From Tucson” at 9:30, averaged a 4.0 rating in metered-market overnights, the best ever for the net on the night. Nationals will be issued today.

On Saturday, the “Miss America” pageant (prelim 11.9 million, 3.7/11 in A18-49) gave ABC an easy victory, drawing its best numbers on the night since January. Show, hosted by Wayne Brady, was about on par with last year but did grab its best men 18-49 rating (prelim 2.8/10) in three years.

And revised nationals for UPN’s Wednesday lineup show that the premiere of New Line series “Twilight Zone” at 9 (4.59m, 2.0/5 in A18-49) did a good job holding onto its “Enterprise” lead-in (4.87m, 2.3/7), retaining nearly 90% in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

More TV

  • Mandy Moore

    Mandy Moore Opens Up About Her Marriage to Ryan Adams: ‘I Was So Sad’

    Mandy Moore opened up about her marriage to Ryan Adams on Monday’s episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast. While the interview was taped before the publication of the Feb. 13 New York Times report in which multiple women, including Moore, accuse Adams of sexual misconduct or emotionally abusive behavior, she speaks freely about the “unhealthy dynamic” in [...]

  • Lisa Borders Time's Up

    Time's Up President Lisa Borders Resigns

    Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday. Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO. “As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • Desus Nice The Kid Mero

    TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 18, 2019: Academy Awards, 'Desus & Mero'

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, the Academy Awards air and Desus & Mero make their debut on Showtime. [...]

  • WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01

    BBC Takes Stake in New Company Set Up by ‘Luther,’ ‘Bodyguard’ Exec

    BBC Studios has taken a minority stake in Firebird Pictures, the new drama indie being set up by BBC execs Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Craig Holleworth. Kilgarriff’s credits include “Luther,” “Poldark,” “McMafia” and upcoming Richard Gere-starrer “MotherFatherSon.” She commissioned breakout drama hit “Bodyguard.” Holleworth will be the new company’s COO, having run business and operations for [...]

  • Punisher Jessica Jones

    Marvel's 'The Punisher,' 'Jessica Jones' Canceled at Netflix

    The last of Netflix’s Marvel shows are officially ending. “The Punisher” has been canceled after its second season, and the upcoming third season of “Jessica Jones” will be its last, Netflix confirmed on Monday. The announcement comes after Netflix gave the ax to its other Marvel series: “Daredevil,” “Iron First,” and “Luke Cage.” “Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ will [...]

  • SND Boards Comedy Series 'Family Shake'

    SND Boards Comedy Series 'Family Shake' With 'Desperate Parents' Producer

    SND, the commercial arm of the French TV network M6, has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “Family Shake,” a comedy series written by Baya Kasmi and Michel Leclerc. SND is the latest vertically integrated French film group to start handling live-action series, following TF1 Studio, Studiocanal and Gaumont, among others. Produced by Gaëlle Cholet at [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content