Sunday, April 08, 2001

Reality check

        Here's a brief synopsis of Survivor: The Australian Outback, which airs its 11th episode Thursday (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7) with Rodger Bingham of Crittenden, Ky.

Body count:

10, five to go, after Nick Brown, 24, a Harvard Law School student from Washington, was voted out of the $1-million game Thursday. Former Ogakor tribe members hold a 4-2 advantage over Mr. Bingham's former Kucha tribe.

Local ratings

Survivor bounced back to a 28.1 rating and 42 percent audience share on Channel 12 after last week's dip (27.5). We're still CBS' No. 1 Survivor market.

Best news for us

After 30 days in the Outback, Rodger finally got a decent meal! The Grant County High School teacher paid $320 for a cheeseburger in a Survivor food auction. “Boy, that's good,” said Rodger, though the meal almost made him sick.


Near starvation, contestants trade their tarpaulin shelter covering to host Jeff Probst for rice and fishhooks. “You've got 13 days left, and I don't think you're going to make it,” Jeff said.

Chef Keith Famie of Michigan was portrayed as the new villain, singing “Ding dong the witch is dead” after Jerri Manthey was voted out of the game, and complaining about Texan Colby Donaldson by saying, “Cowboy rides bulls and horses, but he can't catch grasshoppers.”

Best quote

“Nutritionally, our bodies are going into shock. None of us are used to being this weak,” says Tina Wesson, a nurse.

Big question:

       Will flooding wipe out the temporary Barramundi log-and-grass shelter this week?

Our guess

Before Rodger goes, Tina and Keith will enlist him for an alliance to vote out athletic Colby, their biggest threat to win the $1 million prize on May 3.


— John Kiesewetter


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