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.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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