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Survivor is a U.S. reality-based competition television show.

The United States version is produced by CBS, and is currently aired at 8 pm during Wednesdays (formerly Thursdays).

History

Starting with season 39, Canadians are eligible to apply for the show.

Format Variations

While the United States version introduced the standard Survivor format in Survivor: Borneo, subsequent seasons introduced several game-changing twists to keep the contest exciting and fresh.

Division of Tribes

Main article: Tribe

Number of Members per Tribe

For the first seven seasons, there were two tribes of eight members (picked by production, picked by the oldest contestants, and gender). For seasons with 18 contestants and two tribes, contestants could either be divided by gender or heterogeneously, with one tribe having 4 women and 5 men and the other tribe having the opposite.

"Versus"/Themed Seasons

As per consensus of the producers, a batch of contestants could be sorted into tribes with a common theme, sometimes based on the cast's personal attributes. Some seasons have contestants be joined with returning players, all of which have certain similar attributes.

Schoolyard Pick

Main article: Schoolyard Pick

Tribe Switch and Dissolves

Main Article: Tribe Switch and Tribe Dissolve A tribe dissolve is when there are more than two tribes in the season and the remaining contestants are placed in only two tribes. Either the contestants in the other tribe(s) are placed in the two tribes (seen in Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Philippines) or all castaways are shuffled in the two tribes (seen in Survivor: Panama, Survivor: Cook Islands, and Survivor: Cagayan). A tribe switch is simply a game twist that shuffles the tribe affiliations.

One World

Main article: One World (twist)

Merge

Main article: Merge

Exile Island

Main article: Exile Island (twist)

Losers Bracket Formats

Named as such by Jeff Probst, the Losers Bracket provides an opportunity for an eliminated contestant (excluding quitters and medevaced players) to re-enter the game.

"Ghost Tribe"

Main article: The Outcasts

Redemption Island

Main article: Redemption Island (twist)

Edge of Extinction

Main article: Extinction Island

Hidden Immunity Idol

Main article: Hidden Immunity Idol

Finalist and Jury composition

Medallion of Power

Main article: Medallion of Power

Tribe Leader

Main article: Tribe Leader

Seasons

Survivor has filmed 38 seasons as of January 2018, and has aired 37.

Viewership Note: Starting in the 2013-2014 series rankings (Blood vs. Water and Cagayan), the two seasons aired in that time are listed under Survivor, rather than separately.

Season Tribes Number of Castaways Filming Location Filming Dates Season Run Sole Survivor Viewership
(millions)
Borneo
Borneo
Pagong
Tagi
Rattana
16 Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia March 13, 2000 - April 20, 2000 May 31, 2000 - August 23, 2000 S1 richard t
Richard Hatch
28.30[1]
SurvivorAustraliaLogo
The Australian Outback
Kucha
Ogakor
Barramundi
16 Herbert River, Goshen Station, Queensland, Australia October 23, 2000 - December 3, 2000 January 28, 2001 - May 3, 2001 S2 tina t
Tina Wesson
29.80[2]
Survivor Africa Official Logo
Africa
Boran
Samburu
Moto Maji
16 Shaba National Reserve, Kenya July 11, 2001 - August 18, 2001 October 11, 2001 - January 10, 2002 S3 ethan t
Ethan Zohn
20.69[3]
Marquesas NB
Marquesas
Maraamu
Rotu
Soliantu
16 Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, France November 12, 2001 - December 20, 2001 February 28, 2002 - May 19, 2002 S4 vecepia t
Vecepia Towery
20.77[4]
Survivor Thailand Logo Recreation
Thailand
Chuay Gahn
Sook Jai
Chuay Jai
16 Ko Tarutao, Satun Province, Thailand June 10, 2002 - July 18, 2002 September 19, 2002 - December 19, 2002 S5 brian t
Brian Heidik
20.77[5]
Survivor Amazon Official Logo
The Amazon
Jaburu
Tambaqui
Jacaré
16 Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil November 7, 2002 - December 15, 2002 February 13, 2003 - May 11, 2003 S6 jenna t
Jenna Morasca
19.97[5]
SurvivorPearlIslandsLogo
Pearl Islands
Drake
Morgan
The Outcasts
Balboa
16 Isla del Rey,[6] Pearl Islands, Panama June 23, 2003 - July 31, 2003 September 18, 2003 - December 14, 2003 S7 sandra t
Sandra Diaz-Twine
20.72[7]
SurvivorAllStarsLogo
All-Stars
Chapera
Mogo Mogo
Saboga
Chaboga Mogo
18 Pearl Islands, Panama November 3, 2003 - December 11, 2003 February 1, 2004 - May 9, 2004 S8 amber t
Amber Brkich
21.49[8]
Vanuatu Logo Recreation
Vanuatu
Lopevi
Yasur
Alinta
18 Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu June 28, 2004 - August 5, 2004 September 16, 2004 - December 12, 2004 S9 chris t
Chris Daugherty
19.64[9]
Palau NB
Palau
Koror
Ulong
20 Koror, Palau October 27, 2004 - December 4, 2004 February 17, 2005 - May 15, 2005 S10 tom t
Tom Westman
20.91[10]
GuatemalaLogo
Guatemala
Nakúm
Yaxhá
Xhakúm
18 Laguna Yaxhá, Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo National Park, Petén, Guatemala June 27, 2005 - August 4, 2005 September 15, 2005 - December 11, 2005 S11 danni t
Danni Boatwright
18.30[11]
PanamaLogo
Panama
Bayoneta
Casaya
La Mina
Viveros
Gitanos
16 Pearl Islands, Panama October 31, 2005 - December 8, 2005 February 2, 2006 - May 14, 2006 S12 aras t
Aras Baskauskas
16.82[11]
SurvivorCookIslandsLogo
Cook Islands
Aitutaki
Manihiki
Puka Puka
Rarotonga
Aitutonga
20 Aitutaki, Cook Islands June 26, 2006 - August 3, 2006 September 14, 2006 - December 17, 2006 S13 yul t
Yul Kwon
15.75[12]
SurvivorFijiLogo
Fiji
Moto
Ravu
Bula Bula
19 Macuata, Vanua Levu, Fiji October 30, 2006 - December 7, 2006 February 8, 2007 - May 13, 2007 S14 earl t
Earl Cole
14.80[12]
ChinaLogo
China
Fei Long
Zhan Hu
Hae Da Fung
16 Zhelin Reservoir, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China June 25, 2007 - August 2, 2007 September 20, 2007 - December 16, 2007 S15 todd t
Todd Herzog
15.18[13]
MicronesiaLogo
Micronesia
Airai
Malakal
Dabu
20 Koror, Palau October 29, 2007 - December 6, 2007 February 7, 2008 - May 11, 2008 S16 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
13.61[13]
GabonLogo
Gabon
Fang
Kota
Nobag
18 Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve, Estuaire Province, Gabon June 23, 2008 - July 31, 2008 September 25, 2008 - December 14, 2008 S17 bob t
Bob Crowley
13.81[14]
TocantinsLogo
Tocantins
Jalapao
Timbira
Forza
16 Jalapão, Tocantins, Brazil November 2, 2008 - December 10, 2008 February 12, 2009 - May 17, 2009 S18 jt t
J.T. Thomas
12.86[14]
SamoaLogo
Samoa
Foa Foa
Galu
Aiga
20 Upolu, Samoa June 11, 2009 - July 19, 2009 September 17, 2009 - December 20, 2009 S19 natalie t
Natalie White
13.45[15]
HvVLogo
Heroes vs. Villains
Heroes
Villains
Yin Yang
20 August 9, 2009 - September 16, 2009 February 11, 2010 - May 16, 2010 S20 sandra t
Sandra Diaz-Twine
13.669[15]
NicaraguaLogo
Nicaragua
Espada
La Flor
Libertad
20 San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua June 14, 2010 - July 22, 2010 September 15, 2010 - December 19, 2010 S21 fabio t
Fabio Birza
13.611[16]
RedemptionIslandLogo
Redemption Island
Ometepe
Zapatera
Murlonio
18 August 16, 2010 - September 23, 2010 February 16, 2011 - May 15, 2011 S22 rob t
Rob Mariano
12.585[16]
SouthPacificLogo
South Pacific
Savaii
Upolu
Te Tuna
18 Upolu, Samoa May 30, 2011 - July 7, 2011 September 14, 2011 - December 18, 2011 S23 sophie t
Sophie Clarke
12.77[17]
OneWorldLogo
One World
Manono
Salani
Tikiano
18 August 1, 2011 - September 8, 2011 February 15, 2012 - May 13, 2012 S24 kim t
Kim Spradlin
11.636[17]
PhilippinesLogo
Philippines
Kalabaw
Matsing
Tandang
Dangrayne
18 Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines March 17, 2012 - April 25, 2012 September 19, 2012 - December 16, 2012 S25 denise t
Denise Stapley
11.851[18]
CaramoanLogo
Caramoan
Bikal
Gota
Enil Edam
20 May 21, 2012 - June 28, 2012 February 13, 2013 - May 12, 2013 S26 cochran t
John Cochran
10.815[18]
BvWLogo
Blood vs. Water
Galang
Tadhana
Kasama
20 Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines May 19, 2013 - June 27, 2013 September 18, 2013 - December 15, 2013 S27 tyson t
Tyson Apostol
11.303[19]
CagayanLogo
Cagayan
Aparri
Luzon
Solana
Solarrion
18 July 11, 2013 - August 18, 2013 February 26, 2014 - May 21, 2014 S28 tony t
Tony Vlachos
SJDSLogo
San Juan del Sur
Coyopa
Hunahpu
Huyopa
18 San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua June 2, 2014 - July 10, 2014 September 24, 2014 - December 17, 2014 S29 natalie t
Natalie Anderson
11.351[20]
WALogo
Worlds Apart
Escameca
Masaya
Nagarote
Merica
18 August 4, 2014 - September 11, 2014 February 25, 2015 - May 20, 2015 S30 mike t
Mike Holloway
Survivor31logo
Cambodia
Bayon
Ta Keo
Angkor
Orkun
20 Koh Rong, Cambodia May 31, 2015 - July 8, 2015 September 23, 2015 - December 16, 2015 S31 jeremy t
Jeremy Collins
10.993[21]
Survivor kaoh rong logo
Kaôh Rōng
Chan Loh
Gondol
To Tang
Dara
18 March 30, 2015 - May 7, 2015 February 17, 2016 - May 18, 2016 S32 michele t
Michele Fitzgerald
Survivor 33 Logo
Millennials vs. Gen X
Takali
Vanua
Ikabula
Vinaka
20 Mamanuca Islands, Fiji April 4, 2016 - May 12, 2016 September 21, 2016 - December 14, 2016 S33 adam t
Adam Klein
10.322[22]
Survivor 34 Logo
Game Changers
Mana
Nuku
Tavua
Maku Maku
20 June 6, 2016 - July 14, 2016 March 8, 2017 - May 24, 2017 S34 sarah t
Sarah Lacina
Survivor 35 Logo
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Levu
Soko
Yawa
Solewa
18 April 3, 2017 - May 11, 2017 September 27, 2017 - December 20, 2017 S35 ben t
Ben Driebergen
10.289[23]
Survivor 36 Logo
Ghost Island
Malolo
Naviti
Yanuya
Lavita
20 June 5, 2017 - July 13, 2017 February 28, 2018 - May 23, 2018 S36 wendell t
Wendell Holland
Survivor 37 Logo
David vs. Goliath
David/Vuku
Goliath/Jabeni
Tiva
Kalokalo
20 March 29, 2018 - May 6, 2018 September 26, 2018 - December 19, 2018 S37 nick t
Nick Wilson
TBD
Survivor 38 Logo
Edge of Extinction
Kama
Manu
Lesu
Vata
18 May 31, 2018 - July 8, 2018 February 20, 2019 - May 15, 2019 S38 chris t
Chris Underwood
Survivor Island of the Idols logo
Island of the Idols
TBA 20 TBA TBA TBA TBA

Success

Main article: Survivor (franchise)

Merchandise

Main article: Survivor (franchise)

Awards

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See also

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