The granddaddy of all network reality shows might be showing further signs of creakiness, but Survivor: Redemption Island's finale and afterparty averaged 12.5 million viewers Sunday night.
The three-hour combo, starting at 8/7c, posted a 3.8 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, helping CBS easily win the night. The season-ender declined compared with the previous season's finale in December (13.6 million, and 4.1 demo rating). But while the show's audience has dwindled in recent years, the TV staple still manages to finish in the top 15, if not the top 10. It consistently attracted more than 10 million people for its usual Wednesday airing this season.
The two-hour Season 7 finale of Desperate Housewives, starting at 9/8c, averaged 9.99 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted demo. At the same time, Celebrity Apprentice averaged 6.57 million and a 2.4 rating.
Against Survivor's first hour at 8/7c, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition finished second with 8.54 million, followed by The Simpsons (6 million) and Bob's Burgers (4.66 million) on Fox, and Minute to Win It (3.47 million) on NBC.
At 7/6c, 60 Minutes' audience inevitably dropped from a week earlier when it landed an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama about Osama bin Laden's demise. But as usual, it finished first in its time slot, pulling in 12.03 million, compared with 13.79 million last week.