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Ratings: Second 'Survivor: Palau' episode draws 21.6 million viewers

By Reality TV World staff, 02/27/2005 

The second episode of CBS's Survivor: Palau once again crushed its ratings competition, dominating its time period in both viewers and all key demographics.

According to the final national Nielsen ratings for Thursday, February 24, Survivor: Palau's second episode averaged 21.64 million overall viewers and delivered a 12.3/19 rating/share in households, a 5.8/16 in Adults 18-34, a 7.9/20 in Adults 18-49, and a 9.3/21 in Adults 25-54.

While Survivor's second episode numbers were down slightly from the previous week's monster premiere episode ratings performance, the CBS reality series still easily won its time period, more than doubling NBC's delivery in the hour.

ABC's two-hour Peter Jennings Reporting: Seeing is Believing UFO special showed surprising strength, placing second among total viewers in the 8-9PM hour and edging Fox's The O.C. for third place among Adults 18-49. In addition to stealing viewers from Survivor, the ABC broadcast also dropped NBC's Joey and Will & Grace sitcoms into third place among total viewers in the 8-9PM hour and resulted in versus prior week ratings drops for The Apprentice, The O.C., and CSI.

Survivor: Palau's second episode performance was up significantly compared to the second episode of last fall's Survivor: Vanuatu edition of the series. Airing on Thursday, September 23, 2004, Survivor: Vanuatu's second episode drew 19.14 million viewers, a 11.7/19 rating/share in households, a 7.5/22 in Adults 18-49, and a 8.6/22 in Adults 25-54

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