TV Ratings Sunday: 'Survivor' Finale Trumps 'Desperate Housewives' Finale, Trump and Everything Else

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May 16th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.5/6 2.2/6 1.7/4 1.2/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.8/5 2.2/6 1.2/3 1.2/4
Total Viewers (million) 12.383 8.939 4.866 5.463 2.966

CBS won the night with both adults 18-49 and total viewers with three hours of Survivor related programming, including the reunion show at 10pm. The two hour Survivor season finale scored a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p, and the reunion show at 10p averaged a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating.

The two hour finale of Desperate Housewives was up fractionally over last week, rising a tenth to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating (though the 9-10p hour averaged the same 2.9 as last week, it rose to a 3.1).

Over on Fox, American Dad was up a tenth versus last week to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and Bob's Burgers was up 10% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of the Cleveland Show was up 0.1 to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Both The Simpsons and Family Guy were flat versus last week.

With a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11p,  Celebrity Apprentice was flat versus last week.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 15, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.8/6 7.24
CBS 60 Minutes 1.7/5 12.03
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.3/4 3.17
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1/3 5.24
7:30 FOX American Dad 1.7/5 3.89
8:00 CBS Survivor (Season Finale) 3.8/10 12.88
FOX The Simpsons 2.5/7 6.00
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.1/6 8.54
NBC Minute to Win It 0.9/2 3.47
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 2.2/6 4.66
9:00 CBS Survivor (Season Finale) 4.1/10 13.34
FOX Family Guy 3.3/8 6.55
ABC Desperate Housewives (Season Finale) 2.9/7 9.72
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2.3/5 6.35
9:30 FOX Cleveland Show (Season Finale) 2.3/5 4.93
10:00 CBS Survivor: Redemption Island Reunion 3.5/8 11.28
ABC Desperate Housewives (Season Finale) 3.1/8 10.27
NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2.5/6 6.80
Half Hour Numbers for Dramas
9:00 Desperate Housewives 2.9/7 9.81
9:30 Desperate Housewives 2.9/7 9.62
10:00 Desperate Housewives 3.1/7 10.18
10:30 Desperate Housewives 3.1/8 10.35

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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