Survivor is a survivor for at least two more cycles


Given its ratings success, no one really thought that CBS had any intention of pulling the plug on “Survivor” anytime soon. Two more editions of the reality show – numbers 25 and 26 – have been ordered to air during the 2012-2013 TV season.

CBS also announced that the 24th edition of Survivor will debut on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, airing 8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT.

Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst (pictured) will return as host and executive producer for all three upcoming cycles. Probst has hosted the Survivor series since its inception in May 2000.

In its 23rd edition, CBS says Survivor continues to be a strong ratings performer, currently ranking as the #2 reality series on television in adults 18-49. This fall’s “Survivor: South Pacific” is averaging 12.27 million viewers, 3.8/11 in adults 18-49 and 5.1/13 in adults 25-54.

“Survivor is an outstanding franchise,” said Jennifer Bresnan, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, CBS Entertainment. “Its format guarantees fresh characters, exotic places and fascinating social dynamics every season.  And, the show is backed by an A-plus production team that is as passionate as the diehard Survivor fans.”

The reality series won an Emmy Award in 2001 in the category of “Outstanding Non-Fiction Program” (Special Class).  Host Jeff Probst is a four-time Emmy Award winner in the category of “Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Series.”

Survivor is produced by SEG, Inc.  Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers.

RBR-TVBR observation: Guesses for the next three Survivor locals? How about Survivor: South Boston, Survivor: North Dakota or Survivor: Falkland Islands? After all, aren’t we all a little tired of tropical settings with all of the participants running around in bikinis and shorts?