CBS orders two more 'Survivor' editions for the 2009-2010 season
By John Bracchitta, 02/26/2009
CBS has formally announced that it has ordered two more editions of Survivor, the reality series that kick-started the American reality TV era when it premiered in 2000, for broadcast in the 2009-2010 season.
The two new Survivor installments will represent the nineteenth and twentieth editions of the long running reality series.
"I am happy to be able produce two more editions of survivor for our loyal fans," said Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett. "Our show stands for high quality family entertainment and all of us on this team will continue to deliver on this promise."
Survivor host Jeff Probst will return reprise his Emmy-winning role for the series' nineteenth and twentieth installments. Probst had previously signed a new agreement to host the series through its twentieth season as part of last year's ordering of Survivor's seventeenth and eighteenth seasons.
"We have a unique relationship with our audience," Probst said about the renewal. "They tell us what they like and we listen. It's worked for 18 editions and we're looking forward to delivering two more satisfying seasons."
Survivor: Tocantins, the series eighteenth edition, premiered on February 12 and averaged 13.63 million total viewers as well as a 4.4/13 rating/share among the Adults 18-49 demographic and a 5.6/14 rating/share among Adults 25-54. In addition to finishing first in its time period, the premiere also ranked No. 12 in the week's overall viewership rankings.
Last week's broadcast of Survivor: Tocantins' second episode averaged 13.59 million total viewers and built on the premiere with a 2% increase in the Adults 18-49 demographic and a 4% increase among Adults 18-34. It ranked No. 11 in the week's viewership rankings.
"Survivor is one of CBS's signature series and a symbol of enduring quality and entertainment on prime time television," said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. "Every season delivers a fresh new adventure for viewers and a time period-winning performance on the network. We're excited to deliver audiences two more editions of outstanding production values, exotic scenery, new castaways and, of course, our Emmy Award-winning host."