18.41 million watch Survivor Guatemala debut; show’s doctor says it was “the toughest one to date”

Last Thursday, 17.78 million people watched the barf-fest known as Survivor Guatemala. The show had a “6.4 rating/19 share in the adults 18-49 demographic,” which “was down 18% in the key demo from the premiere of ‘Survivor: Vanuatu’ last September, but it’s still looking strong enough to be the dominant player in the time slot by a wide margin,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. About 20 million watched Survivor Vanuatu‘s first episode.

Update: Those fast overnight ratings were on the low side; according to the final numbers, 18.41 million viewers tuned in.

Meanwhile, the show’s doctor, Adrian Cohen, who’s worked all 11 seasons, tells the New York Post this season was “probably the toughest one to date, and that’s a big call.” What, specifically, is he worried about? “We’re always concerned about hepatitis, and bugs are always a problem. They cause itching and sores that get scratched and get infected. And, in Guatemala, there are bugs that carry dengue fever and malaria, which is a big problem there.”

In addition, Dr. Cohen, aka Ado, says that falling coconuts are always a concern. Seriously: “More people die of coconut injuries every year than parachute injuries. You don’t see local people sitting under coconut trees for a reason.”

Newest ‘Survivor’ debuts solidly on CBS [The Hollywood Reporter]
Paging Dr. Dare [New York Post]

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