'Survivor' puts CBS on top Sunday


NEW YORK -- CBS took both key audience measures Sunday night with the two-hour finale of "Survivor: Cook Islands," which pushed past a Kansas City Chiefs-San Diego Chargers "Sunday Night Football" game on NBC and Charlie Brown and "Santa Clause 2" over on ABC.

The two-hour "Survivor: Cook Islands" (16.4 million, 5.7 rating/13 share in adults 18-49) was the top show of the night in both viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. Final data will be available Tuesday.

"Survivor" gave CBS a win in viewership and the demo between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. plus 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the "Survivor: Cook Islands Reunion" (13.5 million, 5.1/13). This fall's finale was down 8% from last spring's "Survivor: Panama" finale in the adults 18-49 demo and down 26% from last fall's "Survivor: Guatemala" finale. The reunion was up 11% from last spring's reunion show but down 11% from the Guatemala reunion.

The broadcast premiere of "Santa Clause 2" averaged 13.6 million viewers and a 4.6/11 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. while "Sunday Night Football" averaged 11.4 million viewers and a 4.3/11, according to preliminary ratings data.

"60 Minutes" (13.9 million, 2.5/7) won its hour in viewership while Fox's football won in the demo both for the half hour of the game and the half hour of "The OT." Fox's early evening was boosted by the 16.5 million viewers who tuned in for the last half hour of the New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles game although only 8.9 million viewers stuck around for "The OT." Fox got a good number at 8 p.m. for "The Simpsons," (8.9 million, 4.4/11) and at 9 p.m. for "American Dad" (7.5 million, 3.7/9).

Nightly averages: ABC (10.7 million, 3.6/9); CBS (15.1 million, 4.7/12); NBC (11.4 million, 4.3/11); Fox (9.7 million, 4.4/11); and The CW (1.7 million, 0.6/2).