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.
December 21, 2002 |
The final installment of CBS' unscripted series "Survivor: Thailand" conquered its competition Thursday night, beating the other three major networks combined both in audience size and key demographics, according to figures released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. The two-hour installment was watched by more than 24 million viewers. Still, that was about 1 million fewer than tuned in for the finale of "Survivor: Marquesas" last May.
November 21, 2002 |
More young Americans are familiar with TV's "Survivor" island than with Afghanistan, Iraq or Israel, a survey found. Only 17% of young people in the U.S. could find Afghanistan on a world map; 34% knew the island used for the last season of the television show "Survivor" was in the South Pacific. And although just 30% of young people worldwide could find the Pacific Ocean on a map, 70% in this country could.
June 26, 2001 |
A Los Angeles judge on Monday deflated the $5-million breach-of-contract lawsuit against former "Survivor" cast member Stacey Stillman, who alleges the wildly popular CBS television program was rigged. Stillman contends, in a lawsuit filed in February, that she was deprived of a chance to win the $1-million prize because the executive producer of the series, Mark Burnett, manipulated the voting. Burnett's production company, SEG Inc.
June 9, 2001 |
Is the "Survivor" lawsuit a legitimate news story, or is "Dateline NBC" reporting on it just to undermine a rival network's top-rated program--a charge CBS directed at NBC News last week? Twice in recent weeks, NBC's "Dateline" newsmagazine has carried reports on "Survivor" contestant Stacey Stillman's lawsuit against "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett and CBS, alleging that the contest was rigged, making it impossible for her to win.
May 30, 2001 |
It's an old story. A manufacturer discovers a product might be defective and, with millions of dollars at stake if the problem harms the company's image, does its best to mitigate any possible damage. That appears to be in part what CBS had in mind by releasing the testimony of Dirk Been, a contestant on the first "Survivor," heading into a long holiday weekend--forcing the 206-page deposition, a potential bombshell if borne out, to compete with "Pearl Harbor" for headlines.
May 26, 2001 |
In court papers made public Friday, Dirk Been, a participant in the first season of hit CBS series "Survivor," said show producer Mark Burnett suggested whom to vote off the South China Sea island where the series was set by dropping "us these hints. He said this is what's best for you guys." Been's deposition was taken in connection with a suit filed in February against the network and Burnett by Stacey Stillman, who was eliminated from the $1-million reward by being voted off the island.
May 9, 2001 |
"Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett has admitted to reenacting some portions of the CBS series, at one point using body doubles to re-create a scene. Burnett, who has always maintained that the show is completely real, made his confession--which he said he was telling for the first time--at a Museum of Television & Radio panel here Monday titled "What is Reality on Television?"