Airing versus a repeat episode of NBC's Friends, the December 4 broadcast of CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands dominated its time period as it drew season-high ratings and was the evening's most watched program.

According to the final Nielsen ratings for Thursday, December 4, Survivor: Pearl Islands episode drew 22.20 million viewers, a 12.9/20 households rating, a 8.1/22 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic and a 9.8/23 in Adults 25-54..

Survivor won both of its half-hours in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 and was the night's most watched program. This is Survivor: Pearl Islands' highest rated and most watched episode to date, topping the 22.10 million viewers drawn by the November 13 episode.

For the night, CBS was first in viewers (19.33m), households (11.8/19), tied for first in adults 25-54 (8.1/19, with NBC) and second in adults 18-49 (6.7/17).