May 23, 2008 05:43 AM by Jennifer_Brown
Reeling from its worst finale ratings ever, Survivor has made the decision to lower its minimum age limit from 21 to 18. The change will take place for season 18. According to reports, this move is made in hopes of drawing in a younger crowd of viewers and renew a buzz about the show.
According to reports, Survivor Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites brought in the lowest finale ratings the show has ever seen. To put it into perspective, consider this. Survivor’s season one finale drew 50 million viewers. Micronesia? A paltry 13 million.
However, will bringing in a younger crowd work to bring younger viewers? Will 18-year olds even embrace the opportunity to join the cast? In a recent online poll, Survivor was ranked by 16-24-year olds to be the second-worst invention ever (just behind the atomic bomb).
In the meantime, Survivor will be back this fall with season 17, taking place in Gabon, Africa.
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