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Ratings: ‘Survivor’ Season 38 Finale Slips to Record Low in Total Viewers

Reveal of ”Edge of Extinction“ winner wins Wednesday for CBS

“Survivor” Season 38 came to an end Wednesday night with an episode that avoided the franchise’s record season-finale low in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and won the night outright for CBS.

However, the final episode of the season, dubbed “Survivor: Edge of Extinction,” posted a total viewer tally that did fall to a new record low for a season closer in that measure.

The “Survivor” Season 38 finale scored a 1.5 rating in that key 18-49 demo and 7.214 million total viewers, according to overnight data from Nielsen. Versus the Season 37 finale, Wednesday’s episode is even in the demo and down 7% in total viewers (7.214 vs. 7.716 million). But compared to the year-ago Season 36 finale, it’s up +7% in the the 18-49 range (1.5 vs. 1.4, the record low for a finale) and down 1 percent in total viewers (7.214 million vs 7.311 million, the previous viewer low for a finale).

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. From 8-10:30 p.m., the “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” finale posted the previously noted rating and viewer count, plus a 7 share. At 10:30, the “Survivor” reunion special got a 1.1/5 and 5.5 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.0/5 and first in viewers with 7.5 million. At 8, “Chicago Med” landed a 1.1/5 and 7.9 million viewers. At 9, “Chicago Fire” posted a 1.0/5 and 7.9 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago P.D.” put up a 1.0/5 and 6.8 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.4 million. Following an airing of “Toy Story 2,” “Whiskey Cavalier” at 10 settled for a 0.4/2 and 2.5 million viewers.

Fox, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Fox was fourth in viewers with 1.6 million, Telemundo was fifth with 1.3 million and Univision was sixth with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and 774,000 viewers. At 8, the “Riverdale” Season 3 finale got a 0.3/1 and 907,000 viewers. At 9, “Jane the Virgin” had a 0.2/1 and 640,000 viewers.