: Good news bad news. Survivor Finale ratings are the lowest rated series in history but solid.
NEW YORK -- CBS' two-hour "Survivor" finale and reunion show ranked as the lowest in the reality series' history, continuing the run of series-low ratings drops that have plagued the broadcast networks this May sweep.
"Survivor" (13 million viewers, 4.4 preliminary adults 18 to 49 rating and a 12 share) was down 5% from last May's finale and the reunion special (10.8 million, 3.9/10) was down 13%. Nonetheless, the finale claimed the evening's No. 2 spot after ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (15.2 million, 5.5/14).
CBS edged out ABC in total viewers, but ABC won the night in the demo.
"Housewives" fell 13% from last week against the increased competition. Lead-in "Extreme Makeover" (11.9 million, 4.0/11) was on par, while the season finale of "Brothers & Sisters" was up 5% (11 million, 4.0/10) and edged out the "Survivor" reunion special to win the hour.
The two-hour finale of "Survivor" averaged a 4.4/13 in 18-49 and 13.0 million viewers overall, nearly matching its result for the conclusion of its May 2007 edition. A reunion show followed with solid numbers (3.9/10 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall).