Sunday, March 18, 2001

Reality check




        Here's a brief synopsis of Survivor: The Australian Outback, which will air a highlights special Wednesday (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7). Competition resumes Thursday, March 29 (8 p.m.).

Body count:

        Eight gone, seven to go, after Alicia Calaway, 32, a personal trainer, was voted out of the $1-million game on Wednesday. Former Ogakor tribe members hold a 5-3 advantage over former Kucha members.

Local ratings

        CBS' biggest Survivor market continues to grow, with another record rating (30.5) and audience share (44 percent). Survivor more than doubled the combined audience for Channels 5, 9, 19, 48 and 64.

Best news for us

       Rodger Bingham, 53, from Crittenden, Ky., hangs in there as one of the remaining Kucha trio. “The key (for me) is just keep catching fish (to feed everyone),” he says.

Highlights

        Jerri Manthey wins a lavish meal for her boomerang accuracy. “I feel like I just won the Miss America pageant,” she says.

Lowlights

        Ogakor's Colby Donaldson lies about his alliance with Keith Famie and Tina Wesson by telling Jerri: “You and I and Amber (Brkich) have complete control of this thing.”

Best quote

        “The closer you become to an individual, you start to question: "Geez, I like this person better than somebody on my own team,' ” says Keith after fishing with Rodger.

Big question:

        Who would have guessed that Rodger, after falling down and getting tangled in ropes during the first two shows, would make it half-way through the game without a single vote cast against him?

Our guess

        With a 5-3 disadvantage, Rodger's days are numbered — unless he wins some immunity challenges.

       

— John Kiesewetter

       



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