- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More ‘Survivor’ coming

With Season 16 of “Survivor” arriving Feb. 7, CBS has ordered not one but two more cycles of the reality competition, TVGuide.com reports.

“ ’Survivor’ is a show that defies ratings gravity,” CBS reality boss Ghen Maynard tells Variety. “It is a truly remarkable feat to be winning your time period in all ratings categories after 15 editions.”

In its most recent season, “Survivor” averaged 15.2 million viewers — continuing a year-to-year slide but still drawing plenty to best its rivals in the 8 p.m. slot on Thursdays.

The real survivor in all of this, of course, is host Jeff Probst, who has signed on for the two new seasons as well, TVGuide.com says.

‘Dad’ bumps ‘Baby’

NBC is once again shaking up its schedule, bumping “Baby Borrowers” to make room for a new series from Mark Burnett and Reveille, Variety reports.

“My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad” will premiere Feb. 18 at 8 p.m., the network said Monday. The time slot is now occupied by “American Gladiators.”

NBC programmers believe the physical-competition aspects of “My Dad” — to be hosted by former MTV personality Dan Cortese — makes it a better candidate to replace “Gladiators” in the time slot than “Baby Borrowers.”

Meanwhile, NBC has found a home for another Burnett show, the Dennis Miller-hosted quizzer “Amnesia.” It will premiere Feb. 22 following the season finale of “1 vs. 100.”

History gets a ‘Life’

A record audience tuned in to the History Channel on Jan. 21 to find out how the world might look if the human race ever makes good on its persistent efforts to eradicate itself from the face of the earth.

According to MediaWeek.com, the two-hour “Life After People” scared up to 5.4 million total viewers in the 9 p.m.-to-11 p.m. time slot, becoming History’s most-watched telecast in its 13-year life span. The special also delivered big demographic numbers, attracting 2.7 million adults ages 25 to 54 and 2.8 million members of the 18-to-49 set, Nielsen Media Research reports.

The cable channel set its previous high-water mark on Aug. 19 with the season finale of “Ice Road Truckers,” which drew 4.8 million total viewers.

In other ratings news

For the week of Jan. 21 through 27, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships, according to Nielsen, were: 1) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 29.2 million; 2) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 27 million; 3) “The Moment of Truth,” Fox, 23 million; 4) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 14.4 million; and 5) “Deal or No Deal” (Monday), NBC, 14.2 million.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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