‘Survivor’ takes Sunday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS reality adventure skein “Survivor: The Amazon” wrapped a winner Sunday, as its two-hour finale and reunion show dominated the evening’s final three hours, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. This was the lowest-rated of the six “Survivor” finales, however, due in part to lower TV usage levels on Mother’s Day.

Ratings for the night’s other hit shows, including Fox’s “The Simpsons” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” also seemed to be affected by the holiday.

“Survivor” (a projected 8.9/22 in adults 18-49, 22.6 million viewers overall) easily led its 8-10:07 time period in key demos and total viewers. Last December’s finale of “Survivor: Thailand” averaged a 9.9/26 in 18-49. From 10:07-11 p.m., the “Survivor” reunion show averaged a projected 8.4/21 in adults 18-49 and 18 million viewers overall, also easily leading its timeslot.

Fox was a distant second on the night in 18-49, led by “The Simpsons” (4.6/13, 10.1 million viewers overall) and “Malcolm in the Middle” (4.5/12 in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall). Net’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” reunion spec disappointed at 9 (3.9/9 in adults 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), although it was a competitive second in 18-34 (5.3/14).

NBC was runnerup in 18-49 from 9 to 11 with an original “Law & Order: CI” (4.4/10, 12.8 million viewers overall) and a repeat at 10 that fared even better (4.8/12 in adults 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall).

ABC struggled with “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” (2.5/7 in adults 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and the season finale of “Dragnet” (2.4/6 in adults 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 7.0/19; Fox, 3.9/11; NBC, 3.4/9; ABC, 2.5/7.

In total viewers: CBS led with 18.6 million.

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