'Survivor' can't handle the 'Truth'


UPDATED 8:37 p.m. PT March 20, 2008

CBS shifted"Survivor" from Thursday to Wednesday this week to make room for the NCAA tournament.

The network does this maneuver every year, but Wednesday it ran headlong into Fox's "The Moment of Truth."

The Fox ratings release was cheeky: "'Moment of Truth' Wins Big ... There Were No Survivors." Fox's game show held its time period premiere rating from last week despite the increased competition from CBS' top-rated reality veteran.

"Truth" (10.9 million viewers, 4.2 rating among adults 18 to 49 and a 12 share) was the second highest-rated show for the night after "American Idol" (26.1 million, 9.8/25), which hit another season low during its annual dipping phase.

CBS was second, with a modestly rated "Survivor" (11.6 million, 3.8/11). The upside: the show gave "Big Brother" (6.2 million, 2.4/6) a push for its best Wednesday episode of the season. At 10 p.m., CBS aired a repeat.

ABC was third with its usual Wednesday lineup of "Wife Swap" (5.7 million, 2.1/6), "Supernanny" (7.0 million, 2.6/7) and "Men in Trees" (5.9 million, 1.6/4).

NBC was fourth with repeats and an original "Law & Order" (10.5 million, 3.0/8) that won the 10 p.m. hour.

The CW's "America's Next Top Model" (3.8 million, 1.8/5) was on par.