CBS has ordered two more cycles of "Survivor" and one more edition of "The Amazing Race," shocking absolutely nobody.
The "Survivor" pickup has been a given for a while, given the network’s hype for the upcoming 20th edition of the show and its strong Thursday ratings. If season 20 were to be the show’s last, CBS would’ve been mentioning that fact somehow.
"Race" has also been a no-brainer given CBS’s lackluster Sunday ratings from 9-11 p.m. The network needs the stability and sizable audience the show brings to the night.
Here’s the official announcement from the network:
CBS has ordered more editions of its Emmy Award-winning reality franchises—SURVIVOR and THE AMAZING RACE—for broadcast in the 2010-2011 season.
SURVIVOR will return with two more editions, marking the 21st and 22nd installments of broadcast television’s longest-running reality competition series.
Last fall, SURVIVOR: SAMOA (7.8/12, 13.45m million viewers), the franchise’s 19th edition, continued its ratings dominance, winning its Thursday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period in viewers, adults 18-49 (4.3/12) and adults 25-54 (5.4/13).
The series’ 20th edition, SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS, premieres with a special two-hour episode on Thursday, Feb. 11 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS reunites 20 of the most memorable, heroic and controversial castaways from previous SURVIVOR seasons. The series’ best strategists will face off in their attempt to overcome — or embrace — the label placed upon them when they return to seek revenge or redemption, all in an effort to win the title of Sole Survivor. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst hosts.
The groundbreaking reality series, which premiered in May 2000, has anchored CBS’s winning Thursday lineup since February 2001. It won an Emmy Award in 2001 in the category of "Outstanding Non-Fiction Program" (Special Class). Host Jeff Probst is a two-time Emmy Award winner in the category of "Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Series."
SURVIVOR is produced by SEG, Inc. Mark Burnett is executive producer and David Burris and Leisa Francis are co-executive producers.
CBS has also ordered the 17th edition of the seven-time Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE, hosted by Phil Keoghan.
THE AMAZING RACE recently concluded its 15th edition with year-to-year gains in viewers (11.91m, +7%), adults 18-49 (3.7/09, +6%) and adults 25-54 (4.7/10, +7%).
THE AMAZING RACE has won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality Competition Program" every year since the category was created seven years ago.