Probst calls Survivor One World “a letdown,” was the series’ lowest-rated finale ever

Survivor One World‘s long, drawn-out finale was the show’s lowest-rated finale ever, down 30 percent among people 18 to 49 from Survivor Redemption Island last spring, while the more lively reunion lost 29 percent of last season’s viewers.

Overall, an average of 10.22 million people watched, with 8.07 million sticking around for the finale, according to TV By the Numbers.

Unsurprisingly, host Jeff Probst used the opportunity to acknowledge the problem in an interview with EW: “I think this season was a bit of a letdown. No fault of the Survivors, we are the producers. We just didn’t have the standout moments and characters needed for a great season.”

Wait, really? Colton? Tarzan? Troyzan? Kim? Those all seem like stand-out characters to me, though not necessarily in a good way. I think he means they didn’t have standout players, which is a different kind of thing.

Probst also teased next season, promising that it “is going to be a return to GREAT Survivor. I really believe we will remind the audience of how fun Survivor can be.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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