Survivor: One World Draws Worst Finale Rating In The Show's History

Survivor: One World

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?


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Written by: msd85
May 15th, 2012, 12:31 pm

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Message Posted On May 16th, 2012, 9:06 pm
What makes the show so entertaining is the plotting and scheming amidst conflict and suffering. When a slick manipulator is able to lie and deceive -- and then apologize for it at the end -- skating into a million bucks -- it really loses something for me. Why can't the producers change the show up a bit to reward the players who have some honor and integrity instead. Maybe everybody who gets voted off can give an "integrity token" to one of the remaining players (that is non-transferable) Maybe give the jury a little more to do before the vote at the end. Maybe the Jury could reveal "one big secret" (that they would agree to unanimously) and have Jeff read it at each tribal-council.

Message Posted On May 16th, 2012, 7:21 pm
They need to increase the IQ requirement. It's quite clear that the majority of the men were stupid and a number of the women were too.

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Since: 04/May/12
Message Posted On May 16th, 2012, 5:14 pm
Foo, You are correct - it was no surprise that Kim won. Weeks ago, all the players were talking about asking Kim who should be voted out. When Alicia suggested that Kim be taken out while they had a chance (it would be their last chance to blindside her, since Kim had an immunity idol and would no doubt use it at the next council (her last chance to use it)) Surgeon Stupid (Tarzan) said, on no, Kim's too smart! WTF? She's too smart to be taken out by a blindside? Even Jeff was posing the questions to them at tribal council that showed he knew that they all thought Kim was the boss and would only act after Kim had told them what to do. They were ALL IDIOTS and didn't deserve to win. Not that I was a Kim fan, but she stepped up and manipulated those too doubt to outwit her. No wonder the audience awarded her the sprint money .... there was no-one who played the game other than kim.

Message Posted On May 16th, 2012, 5:09 am
that's why JeFF emphasized on the reunion show that dont be afraid to make "BOLD and BIG" Moves not just be content of going "far"

Message Posted On May 16th, 2012, 4:15 am
Most of the male player were so dumb, that it ruined the game

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Since: 09/Mar/09
Message Posted On May 15th, 2012, 2:14 pm

It's because it was all women at the end & everyone knew who was going to win MANY weeks ago. People don't seem to like predictable endings like this. 


Happens...I think it's just a fluke.


Level 1 (61%)
Since: 04/May/12
Message Posted On May 15th, 2012, 2:13 pm

colton & alicia were nasty bi-a-tches, and the rest of the playes were so stupid and maipulated like puppets all season that survivor became just like all the other reality shows ... and that's why it lost ratings.

ozzie was a real survivor
coach and russel were clever guys
rupert was entertaining 

this season was full of nasty or stupid people.  no wonder the ratings fell.  if phillipines is the same - it will be my lat season watching  :(



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