After seeing Troyzan — the only remaining man with any sort of large fanbase — go home on “Survivor: One World” last week, we were curious to see whether or not that was going to play a major role in the show’s ratings.
As it turns out, it did — and the competition is now at a new series low for a non-recap episode.
CBS – “Survivor” posted just a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and the only real explanation we can think of based on the show’s history is that viewers are strangely tuning in to watch an obnoxious guy shout “this is my island” more than good gameplay from the likes of Kim. “Criminal Minds” improved on its lead-in with a 3.0 rating, while “CSI” drew a 2.3.
ABC – For those hoping that “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” will stay around, we’re still not sure. Why? Even though its 2.4 rating was the second-best number on the night for the network, it lost nearly half of the “Modern Family” (4.0) audience. Will ABC ever find a capable partner for the show here?
Elsewhere, “The Middle” (2.0), “Suburgatory” (2.0), and “Revenge” (2.1) all stayed reasonably steady versus past new episodes.
NBC – The best news here was that “Law & Order: SVU” drew a 1.8 rating and improved on its best new episode. However, it goes downhill from there. The two episodes of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” drew a 1.3 and 1.4 rating, and “Rock Center with Brian Williams” continued to be low in posting a 1.0 (even if this is one of the news show’s best numbers of the season).
Fox – “American Idol” won the night with a 4.6 rating, but this was still down two-tenths from last week’s performance show.
The CW – While “America’s Next Top Model” (0.4) seems to have accelerated its death by firing J. Alexander and two others, “The L.A. Complex continues to baffle. Despite airing repeats of new episodes on Wednesday, the show drew around 300,000 more viewers for its repeat airing than its first-run episode. (In the demo, both shows drew an abysmal 0.3.)
(Note: 18-49 numbers are key for network advertisers, and a point equals approximately 1.28 million viewers within that demographic.)