Ratings: ‘Survivor: Worlds Apart,’ ‘Criminal Minds’ hit lows; ‘Law & Order: SVU’ benefits from crossover

Law & Order: SVU logoThis has not exactly been the best spring ever for CBS when it comes to the ratings, but at least until this week, “Survivor” had been pretty immune to it.

So why did “Survivor: Worlds Apart” last night fall to a series-low (not including recap episodes / day-before-Thanksgiving installments) 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic? As interesting as this season has been strategically, we would understand if some of the treatment of Shirin by the likes of Dan and Will is turning some viewers off and making it uncomfortable. We know that there are many families who watch it, and while we firmly support the show putting the real story on TV (even if it is difficult to watch), we know that there are some who will be outraged it. Seeing Shirin be voted out last night probably does not help. Of course, the show is still renewed, and ratings for the season as a whole have still been very good. In general, “Survivor” has retained its audience year-to-year at a remarkable rate.

As for “Criminal Minds” and its series-low rating of 1.7, we attribute that mostly to the “Chicago PD” / “Law & Order: SVU” crossover, which drew a 1.8 and 2.0 over its two separate hours. We do feel like the former show is just also long in the tooth at this point, and there is really nothing that it is doing to bring in new viewers. It skews extremely old, and many of its viewers are probably still trying to deal with the frustration of not enough character stories (which has always been our chief critique of the show).

As for shows currently on the bubble, “CSI: Cyber” (1.2) did not help its cause by sliding down in a pretty substantial way. That is the only Wednesday show that we’re worried about to a great degree; “The Middle” has problems, but they are more contractual than anything that has to do with its rating.

(Photo: NBC.)

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