LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS has renewed
"Survivor," ordering 17th and 18th installments of the
long-running reality series.
Additionally, Jeff Probst has signed a new deal to continue
The series' 16th edition, "Survivor: Micronesia," premieres
February 7. Casting for "Survivor 17" is under way.
"I still get excited to get on the plane and travel to
another exotic location with another group of
adventure-seeking, type-A personalities," said Probst, who has
been host since the series' inception. "It is without question
the best job I've ever had."
The most recent installment, "Survivor: China," averaged
15.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/14 share among adults
18-49. While the franchise has been trekking downward in the
ratings since its early heyday, it still dominates its time
period, anchoring CBS' Thursday lineup.