'Survivor: Guatemala' premieres to 18.4 million viewers, ranks as the week's top entertainment program
By Reality TV World staff, 09/21/2005
The premiere of Survivor: Guatemala just off to a strong start last Thursday, with the eleventh edition of the long-running CBS reality series drawing 18.4 million viewers and ranking as the week's top entertainment program among total viewers and both the Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 demographics.
Dominating the night in all key metrics, Survivor: Guatemala's September 15 debut averaged a 10.9/18 rating/share in households, a 8.0/21 in Adults 25-54, a 6.6/19 in Adults 18-49, and a 4.7/16 in Adults 18-34. Survivor also crushed its time period competition, topping the second place finisher in viewers (ABC's Prime Time Live) by 184%, in households (Prime Time Live) by 137%, in Adults 25-54 (Prime Time Live and Fox's The O.C.) by 220%, in Adults 18-49 (The O.C.) by 120%, and in Adults 18-34 (The O.C.) by 21%.
Although Survivor: Guatemala's performance was actually down slightly from last fall's premiere of Survivor: Vanuatu, most other broadcast network programming was still in repeats, resulting in Guatemala's premiere easily ranking as the week's top entertainment program.
Survivor: Guatemala's premiere ranked third in the weekly viewership rankings, behind only ABC's NFL Monday Night Football and CBS' 57th Annual Emmy Awards broadcasts. Survivor ranked even higher in the Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 rankings, where it placed second to only ABC's football broadcast.