As the last day to get those last-minute presents delivered has passed and Christmas is within sight, we have a winner! Actually we have two winners: Ben Driebergen and CBS.
The Idaho-born former was declared the Sole Survivor on last night’s season finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers (1.9/8), and the show easily won a very uncompetitive Wednesday.
At the conclusion of its 35th run and up a tenth from last week, last night’s Survivor has snared exactly the same final 18-49 demo result as the December 14, 2016, season finale of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X and the Survivor: Game Changers ender of May 17 this year. On the other hand, both the past two season Survivor finales faced much fuller slates from the other Big 4, so one would have expected to see some growth last night. In fact, with a viewership of 8.74 million, last night’s Survivor finale dipped 4% in total sets of eyeballs from the comparable Season 33 ender.
With such a state of affairs, it might be worth pointing out that all three of those seasons took place on Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands, so might be time to make a ratings move, if you know what I mean. That might have to wait a bit as the upcoming Survivor: Ghost Island (who thinks up these names, Mark Burnett?) also is scheduled to be set in the South Pacific nation.
With Survivor proper running a bit into the 10 PM slot, Survivor Reunion (1.6/6) was up 23% from the final numbers for the December 14, 2016, shindig. That Season 33 reunion actually didn’t start until 10:12 PM ET, so expect some adjustments for last night’s show.
In case it wasn’t clear, ABC, NBC, Fox and the CW all aired encores, movies or specials on Wednesday. Which is why the House of Moonves almost beat everyone else put together with a 1.8/8 rating and 8.26 million viewers.