This is the only the sixth time that the Survivor TV show has started out with three tribes. In the 35th season, this reality TV series is grouping contestants based upon the traits others perceive in them. Is this gimmick just the trick to course-correct the slipping ratings? Will Survivor be cancelled or renewed for season 36? Rumor has it the 36th cycle is already in the works, but the Tiffany Network has not officially announced the renewal, so stay tuned.
Jeff Probst returns once again to CBS as host of Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers. In season 35, 18 castaways split into three groups of six as they try to outwit, outplay, and outlast each other. Heroes (Levu Tribe) are used to being heralded for their achievements. Healers (Soko Tribe) receive gratitude for their work. Hustlers (Yawa Tribe) must earn respect from others.
Heroes competing this season for the Levu Tribe are: Alan Ball, 31; Ben Driebergen, 34; John “JP” Hilsabeck, 28; Chrissy Hofbeck, 46; Ashley Nolan, 26; and Katrina Radke, 46. Healers Jessica Johnston, 29; Roark Luskin, 27; Cole Medders, 24; Joe Mena, 34; Desiree “Desi” Williams, 27; and Mike Zahalsky, 43, make up the Soko tribe. The Yawa Tribe consists of hustlers Patrick Bolton, 24; Alexandrea “Ali” Elliott, 24; Simone Nguyen, 25; Devon Pinto, 23; Lauren Rimmer, 35; and Ryan Ulrich, 23. This season once again unfolds on the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The 33rd season of Survivor (Fall 2016, Millennials vs Gen X) averaged a 1.81 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.38 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the Survivor TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for season 36 on CBS?