Survivor Suffers Own China Syndrome
The season finale of Survivor: China produced the smallest audience ever for a Survivor series, but it was still good enough to help CBS win Sunday night. The reality series scored an 8.2 rating and a 12 share in the 8:00 p.m. hour, rising to an 8.8/13 in the 9:00 hour. NBC's Sunday Night Football was in second place at 8:00 p.m. with a 7.9/12, then moved ahead of Survivor at 9:00 p.m. with a 9.2/14 and peaked at 10:00 p.m. with an 8.4/14, as the Survivor reunion show posted a 7.3/12. But it was CBS's old reliable 60 Minutes that put the network ahead for the night. The magazine show posted an 8.7/14 at 7:00 p.m., while NBC's Football Night in America managed only a 5.0/7.