Ratings: ‘Survivor’ Carries CBS Above ABC’s Fall Finales

“Ellen’s Game of Games” and “Little Big Shots” holiday specials can’t overcome low-rated NBC rerun at 10 p.m.


“Survivor” helped CBS do more than survive on Wednesday — it thrived.

With no “Empire” on Fox and a rerun dragging down NBC at 10 p.m., CBS won primetime outright.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Survivor” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.5/7 and 7.7 million viewers. The “SEAL Team” fall finale at 9 had a 1.0/4 and 6.5 million viewers. At 10, the “Criminal Minds” fall finale got a 0.8/4 and 5.4 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.0/4 and third in viewers with 4.3 million, airing all fall finales. “The Goldbergs” at 8 had a 1.1/5 and 5.3 million viewers. At 8:30, “American Housewife” got a 1.0/4 and 4.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 landed a 1.4/6 and 5.7 million viewers. At 9:30, “Single Parents” received a 0.9/4 and 3.6 million viewers. “A Million Little Things” at 10 closed primetime with a 0.7/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and second in viewers with 4.5 million. An “Ellen’s Game of Games” holiday special at 8 posted a 1.2/5 and 5.9 million viewers. A “Little Big Shots” holiday special at 9 had a 0.8/4 and 5.2 million viewers. A repeat followed.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.9 million, airing all reruns.

Telemundo and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Telemundo was fifth in total viewers with 1.22 million, Univision was sixth with 1.20 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 960,000. “Riverdale” at 8 got a 0.4/2 and 1.2 million viewers. At 9, “All American” managed a 0.2/1 and 712,000.