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.
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