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Last week, CBS
received the best news that they could hope for...
1) Jeff Probst
was returning to Survivor after a new negotiation was
put in place.
2) The final two episodes of the "toughest season yet"
were among the most watched this week.
3) The finale of this show outpointed both Vanuatu and
But let's go
into the second two...
2) The final two
episodes of the "toughest season yet" were among the
most watched this week. If you've been following the
numbers, you know that CBS posted a cross-the-board win
this week. The finale itself posted 21.18 million
viewers, the penultimate show 20.21 million, and the
reunion show, 15.21 million, all in the top 10 this
week. In the prizes demographic, the three episodes
swept. The finale was second for the week only by CSI
with a 7.7/17. The Thursday show pointed similarly, a
7.1/19. The week's number 10 show in the demographic,
the reunion, scored a 5.7/14. It should be noted that
the Sunday finale, due to an NFL overrun, started at
3) The finale of
this show outpointed both Vanuatu and Palau. A far cry
from the past two finales, which only placed second
amongst a then-unknown show by the name of "Desperate
Housewives." This year, though, CBS had two factors
working for itself... One, "Housewives" isn't the
phenomenon it used to be as the writing has gone south
(this coming from my sister, a big fan), and two, ABC
decided to slot in a two-hour "Extreme Makeover Home
Edition." In the face of an ever-mounting challenge
posed by the Guatemala environs, well... the numbers
speak for themselves.
reported by Reality TV World, Survivor: Guatemala's
finale was up significantly from last fall's finale of
Survivor: Vanuatu, 7% in viewers, 9% in households (from
10.9/16), 8% in Adults 25-54 (from 8.6/17), 3% in adults
18-49 (from 7.5/16) and even in Adults 18-34. The
performance represented the best Survivor's finale
performance in viewers, households, and Adults 25-54
since Survivor: All-Stars' broadcast on May 9, 2004. The
real acid test will be to see what happens during the
"Exile Island" season, which I'm both looking forward
to, and scratching my head about.
From the highest
of the highs to the lowest of the lows, as we move to...
The Amazing Race. The final show on Tuesday, which saw
the Linzs cross the finish line for $1 million, but who
saw them? Comparatively to the other seven seasons...
not many people. The show itself pointed respectably,
but not as spectacular as previously seen 7.4/11 in the
overnights, 11.37 million viewers and a 4.6/12 among
AR5's numbers, which saw Chip & Kim McAllister take the
big prize, averaged 12.85 million viewers and posted an
8.2/13 rating/share in households, a 4.9/14 in Adults
18-34, and a 5.6/14 in Adults 18-49 in a season which
ended during the fall of 2004. Again, not spectacular,
but not at all terrible either.
which saw Freddy Holliday and Kendra Bentley, dating
models (all too common on this particular series), cross
the finish line, saw 12.62 million viewers, a 7.7/12
rating/share in households, a 4.2/12 in Adults 18-34, a
5.2/13 in Adults 18-49, less than AR5, but still worth
season to date, the Romber season of AR, which saw the
reality-made couple go the distance, only to lose to
Uchenna & Joyce Agu (something Gordon is bitter about to
this day) had its finale averaged 16.01 million overall
viewers, a 9.6/15 rating/share in households, and a
6.8/17 in Adults 18-49. Easily one of the show's best.
But points to
CBS for trying something new... Let's not do it again,
shall we? Or if you're going to do it, cast teams that
we're actually going to like and put them in environs
that are completely foreign. Come on, people... We're
syndication... The big three quizzers are still
suffering from year to year declines, with "Wheel of
Fortune" down 10 percent to an 8.8, "Jeopardy!" down by
26 percent with a 6.8, and "Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire" down six percent to a 3.2. The good news:
they're all up from last week, with Millionaire
achieving a new season high.
We looked at the
past, now let's look at the future. Next week, the big
week we've been waiting for: Deal or No Deal. I've seen
videos over at NBC.com, and from what I've seen, as much
as I think I'm going to enjoy it, the game play's a
little empty from versions in Holland and Australia.
Usually, when I see someone talking about a show and
repeating selling points like "pure luck, no trivia", I
automatically think "Either this person has no idea what
he's going into or we've got a serious problem."
But it looks
aesthetically promising, and NBC has a lot of hope
riding on this, judging from all the hype it's gotten.
Let's hope it lives up to it.
Alexander once scored the big $200,000 on the Flash game. E-mail him at