The longest-running competition show currently on network TV will run at least one year longer.
CBS has picked up two more editions of “Survivor” for the 2011-12 season. The network has also signed host Jeff Probst to a new deal that will keep him on the show through next season (he’s also an executive producer). The two new cycles will be the 23rd and 24th for the show, which debuted in the summer of 2000.
“Survivor” made the move to Wednesday nights this season and gave CBS an upgrade in the 8 o’clock timeslot. “Survivor: Nicaragua” averaged 13.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating among adults 18-49 (including DVR use), which places the show in the Top 20 of the Nielsens in both measures. “Survivor: Redemption Island” hasn’t done quite as well yet, but it’s still pretty healthy with 11.7 million viewers and a 3.4 in the 18-49 demographic through its first three episodes. (Those figures include only one week of live-plus-7 ratings, which are rolled in two weeks after an episode airs.)
Probst has been with “Survivor” from the beginning and has won three consecutive Emmys for outstanding reality-show host. He’s the only person to win the award, which was introduced in 2008.