CBS has renewed its flagship reality series Survivor for next season, ordering two more editions of the show, its 23rd and 24th. Additionally, Jeff Probst has signed a new deal to continue as host and an executive producer. This season, Survivor moved from its original Thursday time period to Wednesdays, helping the network shore up the Wednesday 8 PM slot. Mark Burnett, Probst and David Burris are executive producing.
CBS just announced that the upcoming 22nd season of Survivor, Survivor: Redemption Island, will premiere on February 16 in the series’ new Wednesday 8 PM time slot. The spring cycle of Survivor will feature a new twist, with castaways who have been eliminated from the game given an opportunity “to seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million dollar prize.” When a castaway is voted off, they will be sent to an isolated island called “Redemption Island,” where they will live alone until the next person eliminated comes and the two compete in a duel, with the loser being sent home. The winner earns the right to remain on the island and continue fighting for an opportunity to return to the game. Sunday’s finale of Survivor: Nicaragua, won by Jud “Fabio” Birza, improved CBS’ Wednesday 8 PM period by 83% each in viewers (13.4 million) and adults 18-49 (4.2). Survivor was also up +1% in viewers compared to its Thursday performance last season.
After separating contestants by race and gender in recent editions of Survivor, it was probably inevitable for the CBS reality series to also play the age card. Indeed, the network this morning announced that the 20 new castaways on Survivor: Nicaragua will be divided into “two tribes of 10: Young vs. Old.” What was surprising for me was the criteria: The “old” tribe features “individuals over the age of 40,” while the “young” tribe is comprised by “individuals 30 years of age and younger.” Given CBS’ demo makeup, 40-year-olds are actually on the young end of the spectrum. Looking for a way to alienate your younger viewers? Just call them “old.”