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    'Dancing with Stars' steps on toes of 'Survivor'

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    'Dancing with Stars' steps on toes of 'Survivor'
    Friday February 10 9:00 PM ET


    ABC gained some noteworthy traction in Thursday's prime-time ratings race as "Dancing with the Stars" became the first show since "Friends" to draw more viewers than "Survivor" in head-to-head competition.

    The 90-minute broadcast of ABC's sizzling celebrity dance contest averaged a season-high 20 million viewers, with 19.2 million tuning in to the first hour directly opposite "Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island" on CBS, Nielsen Media Research reported on Friday.

    "Survivor" ran a close second in its time period with 18.8 million viewers overall but reigned supreme in the 8 o'clock hour among viewers aged 18 to 49, the audience most coveted by advertisers.

    The show, an outdoor game of elimination featuring contestants roughing it in picturesque but physically challenging locations, is in its 12th edition.

    CBS continued to dominate the night as a whole, posting the top three shows in 18-49 ratings -- "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Survivor" and "Without a Trace" -- and the two most-watched shows overall -- "CSI" and "Trace" (27.4 million viewers, and 20.3 million viewers, respectively).

    "Dancing with the Stars," which debuted as a summertime hit last year and returned to the ABC lineup in January, ranked No. 3 for the night in total viewers.

    While trailing the latest edition of "Survivor" in the 18-49 race, "Dancing" stomped three NBC comedies that air during the same hour and a half -- "Will & Grace," "Four Kings" and "My Name is Earl."

    The struggle for Thursday night supremacy has long been a key battleground in the U.S. prime-time ratings war -- a highly lucrative TV night in which advertisers spend lavishly to reach a young, affluent audience.

    NBC, a unit of General Electric Co., once dominated Thursdays with its "Must-See-TV" lineup but fell on hard times after mega-hit comedy "Friends" ended its 10-year run in May 2004.

    Since then, CBS has lorded over Thursday nights, but "Dancing with the Stars" on Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC is the first series opposite "Survivor" to score a bigger audience than the CBS reality hit in the post-"Friends" era.

    The series features B-list celebrities, including veteran actor George Hamilton, retired football player Jerry Rice and professional female wrestler Stacy Keibler, paired with professional dance partners in ballroom competition.

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    It's interesting that the demographics of the Nielson audience don't appear to match the demographics of the people using the boards here for each show during showtime. Far more people were posting on the Survivor board, many of them confessing that they were taping "Dancing" for later viewing.

    "You don't rehearse Mr. T, you just turn him loose."
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    Now, I can enjoy two shows in one night . All I have to do since I'm a BIG Survivor fan, I always taped Survivor. The who be voted off the island will be reviewed by taped, after I finished watching Dancing with The Stars.
    I love Survivor, and I've been watching Survivor for 6 years since day one. The first season of Survivor is great except Richard Hatch. After the season of Dancing with the Stars is over, I can relax watching Survivor.
    Hey!! You gotta watch something different at times!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krom View Post
    It's interesting that the demographics of the Nielson audience don't appear to match the demographics of the people using the boards here for each show during showtime. Far more people were posting on the Survivor board, many of them confessing that they were taping "Dancing" for later viewing.
    Also true though that even though they are both reality shows Survivor was the "founder" reality show, and people who come to a reality tv board probably have watched it for years and are loyal to it. These are the people who are also posting as they watch LOST I'd bet, and maybe somewhat of a different set from those who watch Dancing with Stars and American Idol. All reality shows don't draw the same audiences.
    One could even do a little social science study as to who posts where and which shows have related viewing audiences! Anyone need a MA thesis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krom View Post
    Far more people were posting on the Survivor board
    There's just more to discuss about a show like Survivor (alliances, strategies etc) unless you are a dance expert of course

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    I just find that, now that it's down to the final four, we can see who will win DWTS. The judges are just ga-ga over Stacy, so everyone else is dancing for second place.

    We saw it last year and it's the same this year.

    At least on Survivor, this early on, you can't tell who's going to win, so it's still fun to watch.

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    I record Survivor and CSI so I can vote for Drew and anyone else deserving that night. I'm kind of losing interest in Survivor after all these years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix Gal View Post
    I record Survivor and CSI so I can vote for Drew and anyone else deserving that night. I'm kind of losing interest in Survivor after all these years.
    My favorite star on DWTS is Stacy Keibler!! My obsession with Stacy draws my attention.

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    I too tape Survivor, and watch a show that needs active call-in participation, like DWTS. If the voting stayed open later, I could flip-flop the viewing, but that doesn't work in this case.

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