Former cast members are talking about it, people on message boards are talking about it, and now so is the show’s host: Survivor 16, it seems, is very close to being confirmed as the series’ second all-star edition.
“We’re going into our sixteenth season, it wouldn’t be a bad idea,” host Jeff Probst told reporters last week, according to Reality TV World.
“The only thing I can say is that I’ve come around to understanding that even though the All-Stars we did was a pain-in-the-ass from a production point of view, it was one of our best seasons. And it was our best season because we had our best people back. I get that.” However, he added, “I wouldn’t be looking forward to necessarily doing another 20 all-stars, because I know the minute you call them an ‘all-star,’ suddenly the contract has four-page rider on it that they need their green M&Ms removed.”
The last all-star season had a “post-Super Bowl premiere in February 2004 [and] achieved ratings that the series had not reached since the finale of 2001’s Survivor: The Australian Outback and it instantly became the highest rated entertainment broadcast of the 2003-2004 television season,” Reality TV World reminds us. “It continued to do very well — consistently averaging more than 20 million viewers throughout its run — and ended with 24.8 million watching the May 2004 finale.”
With Survivor‘s ratings slipping somewhat, it’s hard to imagine CBS not trying again for that kind of renewed interest.