How has the Show Survivor Been Able to Maintain Popularity

It was the Summer of 2000 when Survivor first premiered, CBS took a chance with this series and boy did it pay off. It was the most watched show in 2001, and to this day still wins its time slot. While it has obviously lost many of its viewers over the year, it is undeniably a standout series that pioneered a new genre of television: reality TV.

  • People who are loyal fans know the game by now. They play along in their own way and use the show as a platform for discussion and strong opinion. Even though they put a twist on the show every season their is still the same old politics the human race seems to always play. – LaurenCarr 7 years ago
  • It would be interesting to examine as well why the show is so popular, with such a loyal fan-base, but little love from award shows. – bookworm2g9 7 years ago
  • It might be useful to survey the current landscape of reality TV - what's popular now? What does Survivor's popularity tell us about viewers in the early 2000s, and what do the major reality shows of the past few years tell us about viewers today? – sambertschmann 7 years ago
  • It would also be interesting to note how much longer Survivor can, in fact, survive (pun unfortunately cannot be avoided). As it was said, how is the landscape of reality tv different today? Can Survivor adapt in this current climate and keep its success going, or is it destined to fall and make room for the next big thing? – Giovanni Insignares 7 years ago

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