This Day in Pop Culture for May 31

The very first American "Survivor" show aired on May 31, 2000.

Debut of Survivor TV Series

The CBS reality TV show, Survivor, aired its very first program on this day in 2000. Based on the Swedish TV series, Expedition Robinson which premiered in 1997, the goal of the players is to “outwit, outplay and outlast” the other competitors while living on an isolated island with no provided food, water or shelter. Survivor was one of the first reality competition series where members took a vote on who should be sent home each week.While now everyone is familiar with the show, at the time, people weren’t too sure what to think of it. However, by the second week, the show gained over 18 million viewers. By the finale on August 23, 2000, the show received its highest ratings ever of 51.7 million viewers. Alternative lifestyle and nudist, Richard Hatch was crowned the first season’s winner of the million dollar prize. The 33rd season of Survivor will air the fall of 2016.

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