CBS orders two more 'Survivor' editions, Jeff Probst inks new deal
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/29/2008
CBS has announced it has ordered two more editions of Survivor, the hit reality series that kick-started the modern reality TV era when it premiered in 2000, for broadcast during the 2008-2009 season.
In addition, long-time Survivor host Jeff Probst has signed a new agreement to continue to helm the CBS reality series. Probst's previous contract, which he signed in December 2005 amidst reports that he was planning on leaving the show, was a two-year deal that took him through the show's upcoming Spring 2008 sixteenth installment.
"This kind of longevity is achievable only with loyal viewers. We've been very lucky that our fans have stayed with us," said Probst. "I still get excited to get on the plane and travel to another exotic location with another group of adventure seeking, Type A personalities. It is without question the best job I've ever had."
The two new Survivor installments will represent the seventeenth and eighteenth editions of television's longest-running reality series. Casting is currently underway for Survivor's seventeenth installment, with more information available via CBS' website.
"I am looking forward to many more seasons of Survivor," said executive producer Mark Burnett. "It has become an expected treat every Thursday at 8PM, and I am glad our loyal fans can continue their appointment television with us."
CBS' Fall 2007 Survivor: China installment averaged a 9.0/14 rating/share and 15.18 million total viewers, as well as a 5.1/14 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic and a 6.2/15 rating/share among Adults 25-54. The show currently ranks No. 11 in the season-to-date viewership rankings (two other reality shows -- American Idol and Dancing with the Stars -- currently hold the top four spots).
"Survivor is a show that defies ratings gravity," said CBS executive Ghen Maynard. "The show's success is testimony to the creativity and passion of Mark, Jeff and the entire production team; and to a brilliant concept that continually introduces new casts and settings, making each season feel like a new series."