It was a ratings battle between aging reality shows Wednesday night as Fox's wannabe pop stars took on CBS' marooned survivors.
The season finales of Fox's
According to early numbers from Nielsen, "American Idol" averaged 10.1 million viewers, while "Survivor" had 9.3 million. "Idol" also was slightly ahead among the key 18-to-49-year-old audience, notching a rating of 2.6 vs. "Survivor's" 2.5.
A major caveat, though: "American Idol" overran its usual time slot by six minutes and "Survivor" overshot by longer (13 minutes), so the ratings for both are likely to change in the final numbers.
One thing not likely to change is that both are diminished from a year ago. The 2013 "Survivor" finale (which aired on a Sunday, so the comparison is not quite apples-to-apples) earned a 2.7 in 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers overall. "Idol" was down 28% from last year when it concluded on a Thursday.
While the reality stalwarts dueled,
After the finale of its canceled comedy "Mixology," ABC debuted the new season of "Motive" to a 0.9 in 18-49, down 30% from last season's opener.