Saturday, September 20, 2003

"Big Lill" survives first episode

Cincinnati's favorite Scoutmaster draws big ratings

Survivor contestant Lillian "Big Lill" Morris drew big ratings in Cincinnati for the Thursday premiere of CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands.

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Cincinnati maintained its record as CBS' No. 1 Survivor market by doubling the national average. Channel 12's telecast averaged a 27.6 rating (235,759 homes) and 40 percent audience share, while the show drew only a 13.8 rating and 21 percent audience share in the other markets with overnight Nielsen meters, according to information provided by CBS.

Having the Deerfield Township Boy Scoutmaster on Survivor 7 increased ratings by 15 percent over the 23.9 rating here for the Survivor: The Amazon premiere in February, CBS says.

Cincinnati has been CBS' top Survivor market since January 2001 for the second installment, Survivor: The Australian Outback, with Grant County High School teacher Rodger Bingham, the only other Tristate participant to compete on the show. The premiere for Bingham's Survivor 2 drew a 28.7 rating here.

CBS will repeat the 90-minute Survivor: Pearl Islands premiere at 9:30 p.m. Sunday (Channels 12, 7).

John Kiesewetter

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