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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Or maybe people are just tired of the overall concept 

In an article announcing that Survivor's segregated tribes had desegregated by the third episode, E Online cited the following:

Before the new season aired, major advertisers, including General Motors, Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Home Depot, pulled their sponsorship, taking nearly $26 million in ad revenue with them, though the advertisers and CBS claimed the mass exodus had nothing to do with the show's controversy.

Viewers, too, have jumped ship. About 17.7 million tuned in for the season premiere--the smallest audience for a Survivor premiere since its inaugural season--and 17.4 million stuck around for week two. This week's episode drew 16.6 million, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research.

But I half wonder if the whole Survivor concept has run out of steam. Choose an area in the tropics, put a bunch of people there, etc., etc.

But it's not the only reality show that may have lost steam. I regularly watched the first four seasons of Big Brother, but I think I only tuned in to this summer's Celebrity Big Brother once. I can understand having Dr. Will come back, but Mike Boogie?

Whoa...turns out Boogie won the thing:

STUDIO CITY, CALIF., Sept. 13 -- Mike "Boogie" Malin emerged triumphant last night as BIG BROTHER: ALL-STARS' grand prize winner of $500,000 based on the votes of his former housemates on the jury. Erika Landin will receive $50,000 as the second place winner. Another prize of $25,000 went to Janelle Pierzina for being voted America's favorite juror.

After living in the BIG BROTHER: ALL-STARS house for 71 days and 1,704 hours, Mike "Boogie" Malin, the 35-year-old restaurateur originally from Concord, N.H. and currently living in West Hollywood, Calif. and Erika Landin, the 36-year-old Pilates instructor originally from Chicago and currently living in Los Angeles, faced a jury consisting of the last seven evicted houseguests (listed alphabetically): "Chicken" George Boswell, Howie Gordon, Will Kirby, Janelle Pierzina, Danielle Reyes, Marcellas Reynolds and James Rhine. Jennifer "Nakomis" Dedmon, Diane Henry, Alison Irwin, Kaysar Ridha and Jase Wirey were also present, but were not part of the jury.

After each of the jury members had the chance to ask the finalists questions, the seven members of the jury voted live for whom they wanted to win. By a vote of 6-1, Mike "Boogie" became the grand-prize winner of $500,000. Marcellas was the only juror who voted for Erika.

From the Ontario Empoblog (Latest OVVA news here)

People who are die-hard Survivor fans would have watched regardless of the segregation. If anything, you would think the idea would have bolstered ratings. Let's face it, we live in a macabre society, blood thirsty for a good fight. People are just plain tired of Survivor, period.
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