Wednesday’s episode of Survivor was a big one: In the CBS reality series’ 39-season history, it was the first time a contestant had been kicked off the show. The episode - which ended with a card that said Dan Spilo, a prominent Hollywood manager-producer, was removed after an off-camera incident that didn’t involve another player - held steady in Nielsen’s fast affiliates with a 1.2 rating and 6.81 million viewers who saw the shocking moment.
Meanwhile, NBC’s craft competition Making It ended its second-season run Wednesday with back-to-back episodes. The first of the two earned a 0.6 rating and 2.85 million viewers, marking a season high for the series, while the finale slipped a tenth to 0.5 and 2.14 million viewers.
Fox’s The Masked Singer 1.9, 6.85M continues to do well, jumping three tenths from the previous night’s episode and a tenth from last week. It led Fox to the overall ratings win in primetime.
CBS was the night’s most-watched network, with Survivor followed by SEAL Team 0.7, 5.82M, which was steady and earned its largest audience since the beginning of the seasonc S.W.A.T. 0.6, 4.80M ticked down after a week off.
NBC’s Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways 1.0, 6.00M was down two tenths after its Tuesday premiere, while Fox’s Almost Family 0.6, 2.21M saw a hehy increase in its return.
ABC’s slate of pre-holiday programming was steady across the board with The Goldbergs 0.8, 3.97M, Schooled 0.6, 3.02M, Modern Family 0.9, 4.25M, Single Parents 0.6, 3.06M and Stumptown 0.5, 3.12M.
The CW aired the fall finales of Riverdale 0.2, 750,000 and Nancy Drew 0.2, 750,000, which both gained viewers and stayed even in the demo.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim victims across the world, COVID-19 is affecting not just film productions, release dates, festivals, and in-studio television audiences, but reality TV shows as well. Even Survivor, one of the genre’s most popular entries, is not immune. A new report says production on the next two seasons has been delayed, with host and executive producer Jeff Probst writing a letter to the crew to inform them about the delays. Read the letter below.
Survivor typically airs two seasons per year. Entertainment Weekly brings word that season 41 of Survivor, which was scheduled to begin filming on March 24 in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, has been pushed back to at least May. Not only that, but season 42, which was originally supposed to get underway on May 24, has been pushed back as well.
But there’s a potential silver lining for hardcore Survivor fans who are still watching the show twenty years in: “if there are no further delays — and that is a big if — then air dates for the two seasons with season 41 premiering in September and season 42 airing in February 2021 would not be impacted.” I’m not sure how likely that is, given that the virus continues to be rapidly spreading, but I guess it can’t hurt to hold out a little hope.
Here’s the full letter from Jeff Probst explaining why things are coming to a temporary halt:
Hey Survivor crew,
Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date for Survivor season 41.
Though Fiji has no reported cases and is beautifully remote, our crew numbers over 400 and are flying in from over 20 different countries, creating a need for more time to fully analyze and create our new production safety plan.
This situation is unprecedented and we are learning more information every day. It is out of concern for the well-being of all of you that we have taken this step.
Our intention is to begin production after the S40 live show. Therefore, subject to new information, our new planned start date for production would be on or about May 19th, 2020. Our intention is to still to shoot both seasons 41 and 42.
We know many of you will have questions and we will start a communication chain to keep everybody up to date.
We are the most experienced international television team in the world and for 20 years we have calmly and successfully managed a variety of production issues. We will navigate this one the same way.
Thank you for understanding our need for this extra time to create our plan.