Fire up the tiki torch and pass the Doritos. Survivor Samoa drew 3.2 million Thursday on Global, its biggest audience of the season. The draw, which was well hyped all week, was seeing strongman Russell Swan (right) drop half dead from exhaustion during a reward challenge and get rushed off the island by a medical evacuation team. Host Jeff Probst said it was the most scared he's been on Survivor since his last contract talks.
The Mark Burnett reality opera, now in its 19th edition, soared Stateside this week as well, pulling 12.88 million viewers and winning in households and key demos.
Survivor's overnight, estimated 1,834,900 18-49 score swamped the combined competition in Canada, topping CSI on CTV (557,200 18-49), Flash Forward on A (239,000) and sitcoms Community (172,200) and Parks & Rec (166,700) on City. CBC limped in last with Doc Zone (80,000).
The good news for CBC was the low 2+ Doc Zone score (325,000) did not hurt The Border as much this week. The second episode of the season for the CBC drama drew 620,000.
Global's fast start at 8 with Survivor helped The Office to 1,035,000 at 9. Another Office at 9:30 fetched 377,000 while 90210 was down to its usual 453,000.
CTV's night built from so-so Vampire Diaries (670,000 at 7) to CSI (1,450,000 across Canada "commercial") and then soared at 9 with Grey's Anatomy, which topped 3 million on the CTV Total score. The Mentalist drew 1,952,000 at 10 and CTV's National News held plenty of that at 11 with 1,305,000.