In a fitting capper to a season which even Jeff Probst himself referred to as a bit of a let down, Sunday's two-hour finale episode and subsequent reunion special were the lowest rated ending hours in the twelve year history of the program.
The finale saw a rather large thirty percent decrease in total viewership from last year, and also saw an over full point drop in the prized 18-49 demographic. Some critics have attributed the decline in this season's ratings to the relatively early departure of this year's big villain, the seemingly racist southern boy Colton Cumbie. While his departure was related to a medical issue, and obviously wasn't the outcome favored by producers, the episodes following his elimination did see a modest drop in the already lower than average ratings for the 24th cycle.
While the 25th season (set in the Philippines) has already been filmed, you kind of have to wonder if the show that started the 2000's reality craze that continues today isn't ready to be put out to pasture for good. 25 seasons is quite the accomplishment, and Survivor's silver anniversary might be just the right time to end the series while it's still doing respectable numbers. That said, CBS will probably just keep renewing it until nobody watches it at all. The Amazing Race's ratings have been on a sharp decline for several years, and yet it steadily gets picked up every season.
Do you agree that this past season of Survivor was a let down? Should the show continue, and if so, for how long?