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Ratings: 'Survivor: Vanuatu' beats NBC's 'Joey', premieres to over 20 million viewers

By Reality TV World staff, 09/20/2004 

The tribe has spoken, and now that his five friendly allies are no longer around, it looks like television viewers are starting to vote Joey Tribbiani off the island.

According to the final national Nielsen ratings for Thursday, September 16, CBS's premiere of Survivor: Vanuatu, the ninth Survivor series, premiered to 20.06 million viewers and a 11.7/19 rating/share and drew a 6.6/20 in the Adults 18-34 demographic, 7.8/22 in Adults 18-49 and 8.9/22 in Adults 25-54. The performance placed Survivor: Vanuatu first in its 8-9PM ET/PT time period in households, viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, and more significantly, placed the show ahead of the second episode of NBC's Friends spinoff in households (11.3/19 vs. 10.0/17), Adults 18-49 (7.2/21 vs. 6.9/20), Adults 25-54 (8.3/22 vs. 7.3/19), and viewers (18.92 million vs. 15.26) during the 8:00-8:30PM ET/PT time period.

The accomplishment represented the first time that an episode of Survivor had defeated an original episode of Friends or Joey in the 8:00-8:30PM ET/PT time period in viewers since last fall's Novenber 13, 2003 broadcast of Survivor: Pearl Islands. It was also the first time that Survivor bested an original episode of a Matt LeBlanc-featured sitcom in the prized Adults 18-49 demographic since the May 3, 2001 finale of Survivor: The Australian Outback aired nearly three and a half years ago.

Powered by Survivor's strong premiere, a repeat episode of CSI drew the largest audience of any non-Olympic television broadcast since May. Combined with a repeat episode of the season finale of Without A Trace, the performances resulted in CBS defeating NBC's lineup of all-original programming in viewers (19.48 million) and households (12.1/20) and tying NBC in Adults 25-54 (8.3/20) despite Survivor being CBS's sole hour of original programming.

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