Survivor: Samoa finale earns best ratings in years

Proving it only seems to get better with age, the popular reality series has its best-ever finish since 2006's Survivor: Panama.

Their bodies may be stranded, but their egos definitely aren’t, and Canadians can’t seem to get enough of it.

Global is crowing over the fact that Sunday night’s Survivor: Samoa finale – featuring former pharmaceutical rep Natalie White clawing her way to the $1 million first prize over evil Russell – drew 2.8 million viewers (2,+ BBM Canada PPM Overnight Data), the most-watched finale since 2006′s Suvivor: Panama.

The show garnered 6.1 million viewers in total viewing part or all of the show during its length and earned 1.6 million viewers in the 18-to-49 demo. That’s a 72% increase of viewership from the spring 2009 finale of Survivor: Tocantins – and ironically, those aren’t even Samoa‘s best numbers: earlier this season, according to BBM Canada, the program debuted with 3.2 million viewers – twice Tocantins.

Survivor returns on Global Feb. 11, 2010, with Survivor Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains.