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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.”

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