"Survivor" Gets Top Rating This Season

Benjamin "Coach" Wade, Courtney Yates, Amanda Kimmel, Rob Mariano, Cirie Fields, Rupert Boneham, Stephenie LaGrossa, Colby Donaldson, Tyson Apostol, Jessica "Sugar" Kiper, James "J.T" Thomas Jr., Danielle DiLorenzo, Sandra Diaz (Top Row, Left to Right), James Clement, Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Candice Woodcock, Tom Westman, Jerri Manthey and Randy Bailey (Bottom Row, Left to Right) are the 20 returning castaways set to compete in SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS when the twentieth installment of the Emmy Award-winning reality series debuts with a 2-hour premiere on Thursday, Feb. 11 (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS
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Loyal "Survivor" fans aren't the only ones tuning in this season.

CBS has come up with the right formula with its wildly popular, "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains," which has continued to perform as the top-rated show.

It's even giving its competitors, who are returning to all-original lineups, a run for their money, bringing forth its best number since this cycle's premiere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Survivor" (12.6 million viewers, 4.0 preliminary adults 18-49) was up 11 percent, one of several series to post gains following a slew of recent Thursday night season lows. The reality hit helped CBS win two of the three primetime hours. "CSI" (13.5 million, 3.0) and "The Mentalist" (14.7 million, 3.2) were both up seven percent, the latter ranking as the night's most-watched show.

Which shows did well or declined in ratings on the other networks?


Flashforward ABC's "FlashForward" (5.1 million, 1.5) was one of only two shows to decline, down six percent. "Grey's Anatomy" (10.3 million, 3.8) claiming 9 p.m. and climbed nine percent, while "Private Practice" (7.8 million, 3.0) was up 15 percent.


NBC's "Community" (4.6 million, 2.0) was up 25 percent, "Parks & Recreation" (4.3 million, 2.0) was flat, "Office" (7.1 million, 3.6) was up 13 percent and "30 Rock" (5.7 million, 2.9) climbed 16 percent. At 10 p.m., "The Marriage Ref" (4.4 million, 2.0) came in last place in the hour, though was up a tenth from last week.


The CW's "Vampire Diaries" (3.4 million, 1.6) was steady while "Supernatural" (2.4 million, 1.1) continued its yo-yo tendencies, this week down 21 percent, THR reports.