Sunday, March 11, 2001

Reality Check


A brief synopsis of last week's Survivor

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Here's a brief synopsis of Survivor: The Australian Outback, which moves this week to Wednesday (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7) due to the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Local ratings

        An all-time high 29.9 rating with a 42 percent audience share, again drawing more viewers than the combined audience for Channels 5, 9, 19, 48 and 64.

Body count:

Jeff Varner
Jeff Varner
        Seven gone, eight to go, when Jeff Varner, 34, the former University of North Carolina cheerleader, was voted out after the two camps merged into the Barramundi tribe. The Ogakor tribe has five in the game; Kucha has four.

Best news for us

        Rodger Bingham, 53, the teacher from Crittenden, Ky., will have a say in who gets the $1 million, if he doesn't win the game. The nine players remaining will either be one of the two finalists, or part of the seven-person jury that picks the winner May 3.

Highlights

        Tribes had 15 minutes to pack up their camps and haul everything to a new site for the new Barramundi camp.

Lowlights

        Rodger bitterly busted up the Kucha hut he didn't want to leave. “We were a little angry about (the move),” he said.

Best quote

        “You don't think Rodger had a stroke or anything?” said Jerri Manthey after hearing that a Kucha member had an accident, before learning about Michael Skupin's burned hands.

Big question:

        Despite Ogakor having a 5-4 advantage, will Ogakor's Jerri be the next to go after annoying everyone in the Barramundi camp?

Our guess

        Channel 12 won't stop its misleading promises of “live Rodger reaction” on the news after Survivor, even though he can't talk to the media until he's out of the game. Shouldn't they say “Rodger's family's reaction?”

       



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