Two cable networks have secured the syndication rights for CBS’ powerhouse reality shows, Survivor and The Amazing Race.
Variety reports that “Comcast-owned Outdoor Life Network is expected to announce today that it has landed all 10 existing seasons (some 160 episodes) of ‘Survivor.'” And the Game Show Network, or GSN, “is in final negotiations to pick up cable rights to all seven seasons of ‘The Amazing Race.'” Variety notes that both networks are struggling somewhat, and could use help from the two reality shows, even though “reality has a history of underperforming in repeats.”
An official announcement about Outdoor Life’s pick-up of Survivor should come today; episodes will begin airing June 24. Variety notes that “several cablers expressed interest in the off-net rights,” and Mediaweek identifies one: “early speculation had Survivor finding a cable home at the new Fox Reality Channel.” But as Variety reports, “While King World handled the distribution deal, Burnett already has friendly relations with some OLN execs via their previous collaboration on Burnett’s USA Network skeinskein ‘Eco-Challenge.'”