CBS orders two more 'Survivor' editions for the 2007-2008 season
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 01/18/2007
CBS has announced that it has ordered two more editions of Survivor, the hit reality series that kickstarted the modern reality TV era when it premiered in 2000, for broadcast during the 2007-2008 season.
The two new editions will represent the fifteenth and sixteenth editions of television's longest-running reality series.
Mark Burnett and Tom Shelly will remain the show's executive producers. Unlike the mini-drama surrounding last year's renewal announcement, Jeff Probst -- who later signed a new contract taking him through the series' sixteenth edition -- is also already locked in to return and host the two new editions.
Although the long-running reality series has begun to experience a ratings dropoff, Survivor remains one of television's highest rated reality programs and most watched television shows.
Despite facing its strongest competition in years, this fall's thirteenth Survivor: Cook Islands edition, which concluded with Yul Kwon as its winner, still consistently won its Thursday 8-9PM ET/PT time period among total viewers and key ratings demographics. Cook Islands averaged 15.75 viewers, a 5.5/15 rating/share among Adults 18-49 and a 6.8/16 rating/share among Adults 25-54, a performance that places it among the season-to-date Top 10 rankings in those ratings categories. However its Sunday night finale had only 16.43 million viewers -- down from the 21.2 million that watched Fall 2005's Survivor: Guatemala finale and the 17.1 million viewers that watched last spring's Survivor: Panama finale.
Survivor: Fiji, the show's fourteenth season, will premiere on Thursday, February 8 at 8PM ET/PT. Unfortunately for the show's ratings, three of the season's first five episodes are on a collision course with Fox's Thursday night broadcasts of American Idol 6's semifinalist results shows.