‘Survivor 41’ Finale Ratings Lead Wednesday Night

by Joe Rutland
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If you had Survivor 41 winning Wednesday night’s TV ratings battle on your Bingo card, then congrats to you and the show’s viewers.

The CBS reality show had its three-hour finale pull in 5.1 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating. That’s according to a story from TV Line.

Survivor 41 beat Fox’s The Masked Singer for total average viewers. That show’s finale pulled in 4.5 million viewers while also tying the CBS show with a 0.9 demo rating.

A bunch of holiday episodes filled up NBC’s schedule. Young Rock drew 3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating. Kenan had 2.1 million viewers and a 0.3 rating. Mr. Mayor posted 1.9 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.

Over on the USA Network, A Very Chrisley Christmas had 1.5 million viewers and a 0.2 rating. But a rerun of a Kelly Clarkson special pulled in 1.9 million viewers and a 0.2 rating.

On Wednesday night, Erika Casupanan was dubbed the official winner of Survivor 41.

A story from Hollywood Life stated that five players were left in Survivor 41’s finale. They were Xander Hastings, Ricard Foye, Heather Aldret, Deshawn Radden, and Casupanan. 

‘Survivor 41’ Host Jeff Probst Says He Misses ‘Big Energy’ of Live Final Vote

Jeff Probst has been the host on Survivor 41 along with all previous seasons.

At one point, the CBS show used to have a final vote reveal on live television. This is something Probst admits that he misses.

In addition, Probst and the show’s team didn’t make this decision lightly.

Survivor 41 had a regular formula but it does get diverted from here and there. Fans are not too upset about the finale not being live.

Probst talked about doing the reveal this way in an interview with TV Line.

“It’s a good question and one we debated as well,” Probst said. “What are the pros and cons of reading the votes on location with just the players and the jury vs. a big finale with a live audience? Here’s what we learned: there are pros and cons to both!”

However, he does miss parts of the live audience. “I definitely miss the big energy of the live audience and seeing all the family members of our players,” Probst said.

“That kind of excitement is very unique because it’s more of an event,” he said. “But what was really cool about revealing the winner in the jungle was the intimacy.”

Don’t expect the show to go anywhere as far as cancelation is concerned. Survivor 41 is only going to lead into future shows. It remains, after many years, one of the network’s highly-rated shows. Probst and his crew will get ready to come back for another competition.