TV NotesFor 'Survivor,' surviving and then someCBS reality series opens its 24th season
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine
- Feb. 15, 2012"Survivor"
has proven an apt name for CBS's long-running reality series.
Tonight at 8 p.m. the show begins its mind-boggling 24th season
, which takes place in Samoa. The twist is that the 18 castaways will be divided into male and female tribes, turning this season into a battle of the sexes.
Past gimmicks have included dividing the teams by race and by age, but no matter what the twist, "Survivor" remains surprisingly reliable in the ratings.
Last fall's "Survivor: South Pacific" averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, up slightly from last spring's "Survivor: Redemption Island," which averaged a 3.1.
For a show to see improvement this far into its run is rare, and it speaks to the deep passion "Survivor" viewers have for the show.
Though CBS has introduced a lot of twists over the years, whether the show rises or falls depends mainly on the appeal of the cast, and this year's group includes the wife of a former NFL player, a stand-up comedian and a photographer who has adopted 12 monkeys.
"Survivor" also has its first little person in the cast, 27-year-old Leif Manson, a phlebotomist from San Diego, Calif., who suffers from dwarfism.
What it does not have this year, in contrast to most recent seasons, is a contestant returning from a previous season. That may help with ratings, as some fans had expressed frustration when losers from previous seasons were allowed to return in what sometimes seemed an endless loop to try once again to win.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...-then-some.asp