Survivor Finale: Outplay, Outlast, Outdraw

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains drew an overnight, estimated 2.9 million viewers across Canada to Global Sunday night according to preliminary data from BBM Canada. The finale was up against a busy night of sports with the first game of the Stanley Cup semi-finals—featuring the Cinderella Montreal Canadiens vs. the equally charmed Philadelphia Flyers—scoring close to 2.8 million the same night on CBC.
Add the 1.8 million who cheered on the Canadiens on RDS in Quebec and 4.6 million watched the hockey game in Canada Sunday night. Earlier that afternoon, TSN’s opening Chicago Blackhawks/San Jose Sharks tilt drew 1,225,000 on TSN.
Almost all of Global’s Survivor audience stuck around for the frisky post-series bitchfest at 10 p.m. (2,710,000).
All of which bumped the season finale of Desperate Housewives down to 1,672,000 on CTV Sunday night. Meanwhile, CTV’s The Bridge, which has its season finale on the 21st, drew an overnight estimated 848,000 viewers Friday night.
In the U.S., Survivor won its timeslot on CBS Sunday night, averaging over 13 million viewers in the Neilsen overnights and enjoying a 27% jump over the May 2009 finale audience measure.
UPFRONT UPDATE: ABC officially announces their 2010-11 lineup Tuesday afternoon in New York, with the CBS upfront scheduled for Wednesday. The CW announcement comes Thursday afternoon.

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