January 19, 2005 |
Richard Hatch, who became a millionaire when he won the first "Survivor" reality show, has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion for failing to report income, including the $1.01 million he won on the TV show. Federal prosecutors charged that Hatch, 43, filed false 2000 and 2001 tax returns, omitting his income from the CBS show, as well as $321,000 he was paid by a Boston radio station. The penalty could be up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge.
September 18, 2004 |
The tribes have spoken, and it turns out they were louder than the Tribbiani clan. At least that's what can be gleaned from Thursday night's ratings, in which the premiere of CBS' "Survivor: Vanuatu" topped an expanded second episode of NBC's "Friends" spinoff "Joey." "Survivor" debuted at 8 p.m. with 19.64 million viewers, well ahead of the 14.9 million who watched the 35-minute "Joey." "Vanuatu" also won in the key young adults age group.
September 17, 2004 |
Have you ever suspected that contestants on "Survivor" have behind-the-scenes help in their efforts to survive? You're right. They do. But once you know the kinds of beasts, bugs and diseases that the nearly naked contestants are up against, you won't grudge them the assistance of the medical team led by Dr. Adrian Cohen, the physician who's been at the scene of every edition of "Survivor" since the show debuted in 2000. The ninth edition debuted Thursday on CBS.
May 11, 2004 |
"Survivor: All Stars" contestant Amber Brkich picked up $1 million and a marriage proposal Sunday night, while CBS collected another night of outsize ratings. Brkich, winner of the latest "Survivor" cycle, received a surprise on-air marriage proposal from runner-up "Boston Rob" Mariano during Sunday's two-hour finale, which was watched by 24.1 million viewers, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.
February 3, 2004 |
Tina Wesson, a former "Survivor" champ, was the first to get banished when the hit CBS reality-game returned for its "All-Stars" rematch Sunday night. The 42-year-old former nurse was voted off by her fellow Saboga Tribe mates at a rainy tribal council. Wesson went all the way on "Survivor: The Australian Outback" in spring 2001. Her strong showing then may have worked against her this time among wary teammates.
December 20, 2003 |
In one of the largest product tie-in deals to date, Procter & Gamble will advertise 20 of its brands, including Herbal Essences shampoo and Scope mouthwash, in product placements during CBS' "Survivor" next year, as well as in commercial breaks, a company spokeswoman said Friday. Promotions will include a contest to try out as a "Survivor" competitor, drawn from applicants who have bought three Procter & Gamble products and answered three questions about the TV show, the spokeswoman said.
December 16, 2003 |
Other unscripted dramas have ebbed and flowed in the ratings, but CBS' "Survivor" remains strong. Consistently one of prime-time TV's most popular shows, it drew an estimated 25.4 million viewers for Sunday's season finale, according to Neilsen Media Research figures released Monday. The Pearl Island wrap-up, the seventh edition of the game, attracted the most viewers of any "Survivor" since the fourth game ended in May 2002, CBS said. Sandra Diaz-Twine, a mother of two from Fort Lewis, Wash.
February 15, 2003 |
Those predicting -- in the case of many script writers and actors, it's more like praying for -- diminishing returns as the ranks of so-called reality shows swell found little validation or consolation in the ratings scorecard for Thursday night, which was marked by a notable dearth of sitcoms and dramas. In addition to the premiere of the sixth edition of CBS' "Survivor," the network menu at 8 p.m. included ABC's introduction of "Are You Hot?
January 7, 2003 |
CBS television network President Leslie Moonves told a judge that the hit show "Survivor" would suffer if rival ABC were allowed to broadcast a competing reality show Moonves called "pretty terrible." CBS, a unit of Viacom Inc., is asking U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York to block Walt Disney Co.'s ABC from broadcasting an American version of the British hit "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!"
December 25, 2002 |
It's no longer a phenomenon, but "Survivor" has turned into a very dependable performer for CBS. The finale of "Survivor: Thailand," the game's fifth edition, drew 24 million viewers Thursday. The one-hour reunion that followed had 20 million people watching, making both shows the most popular of the week, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was less than half the 51 million people who saw Richard Hatch win the first $1 million prize in August 2000.