So you stuck around even after hit show Survivor bent the rules by allowing two outcasts back into the game. You even got over the ouster of fan favorite Rupert last month. So, of course, as Sandra Diaz-Twine won the grueling reality television contest last night, you watched.
You're not alone. While the show concluded its seventh season last night, its popularity is holding strong. Along with the CSI franchise, Survivor has helped Viacom's
That kind of audience will naturally attract sponsors, though Survivor has been criticized for wedging the ads into the show itself. On Thursday, General Motors
The parched island setting has also given Coca-Cola
Ultimately, it's all gravy on top of low-budget production. While General Electric
Fans who are suffering already from Survivor withdrawal won't have to wait long, as CBS will begin airing the next installment in less than two months. With a group of castaways culled from past favorites, cynics may note that this "All Star Survivor" has the whiff of a fading band putting out a "Best Of" swan song.
Don't bet on it. Viacom has too much riding on the show and has avoided the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fate of prime-time overexposure. The court of public opinion ultimately dictates when it's time for a show to go, but no one seems to be set on snuffing Survivor's torch any time soon.
The tribe of viewers has spoken.
Did you catch last night's Survivor finale or are you just not interested? What do you think of the upcoming All Star edition? Is that when the show will "jump the shark," or did it already this season when it let outcasts battle back into the game? All this and more -- in theSurvivordiscussion board. Only on Fool.com.