"Survivor" delivered one of its most memorable tribal councils ever, and the ratings Wednesday were solid for the long-running CBS reality series. CBS had done a mighty effective job of promoting the show.
"American Idol" still was the most-watched show in Central Florida with 169,800 viewers for performances by the five finalists.
"Survivor" ranked second with 144,000 viewers.
SPOILER ALERT: At the tribal council, Malcolm and Eddie both played immunity idols, rendering votes against them meaningless. In a stunning twist, bossy Phillip was out. Host Jeff Probst called it "one of the craziest trial councils ever."
Or as a friend put it, "Awesome." You have to love one-word reviews.
Wednesday was heavy on reruns, but two CBS repeats still pulled in big audiences. "Elementary," relocated for a night from Thursday, drew 118,400 viewers. "Criminal Minds" attracted 115,100. ABC's new "How to Live With Your Parents" rounded out the top five with 114,500.
The top programs in the 25-to-54 age group were "Survivor," "American Idol" and A&E's "Duck Dynasty."
The top programs in the 18-to-49 age group were "Duck Dynasty," "How to Live With You Parents" and "Survivor." Once-invincible "Idol" was No. 8 in that count, another sign of its slide.
In national ratings, "American Idol" was the most-watched show with 12.7 million viewers, according to updated ratings. Last year's comparable show had 16.9 million viewers. (In the 18-to-49 age group, "Idol" scored a 3.4 rating, down from a 4.8 last year.)
But Fox won the night with that 12.7 million. The prime-time averages for other broadcast networks: CBS with 7.8 million, ABC with 4.8 million, NBC with 4.4 million and The CW with 1.5 million. Fox easily won the 18-to-49 age group for the night.
"Survivor" was the No. 2 show for the night with 10 million viewers, its biggest audience this season.
Other programs of note: "Criminal Minds" with 6.9 million viewers, "Elementary" and "Modern Family" with 6.4 million apiece, and "How to Live With Your Parents" with 6.1 million.