Survivor is looking to become bigger than ever for its 45th season as the show is set to increase its episode length.
While not 100% confirmed, several Inside Survivor sources have claimed Survivor 45 will be expanding to 90-minute episodes. This is for more than just the premiere; each episode is said to be 90 minutes, with the usual 3-hour season finale.
Survivor has aired as a 60 minute show (with commercials) since its inception in 2000, but an episode length increase has been in the works for quite some time. Host and executive producer Jeff Probst has made it no secret that he prefers the 90 minute episode structure.
“I actually think 90 minutes is a great length for a Survivor episode,” Probst told Entertainment Weekly last year. “It means basically 63 minutes of total running time, and that’s similar to what you would find on a streaming service.”
Survivor has experimented with longer episodes in recent years, with Survivor 43‘s second episode receiving a 90 minute runtime, which our sources say was somewhat of a test. Probst said that the show’s strong relationship with CBS allows them to make such changes.
“Fortunately, we have an incredibly tight relationship with CBS, and that allows us to talk candidly about stuff like this and do what is best for the show.”
Crime drama FBI currently airs in the 9 pm to 10 pm slot following Survivor. Last fall, The Amazing Race aired immediately after Survivor in a reality TV bloc along with The Real Love Boat. The latter received low ratings and was moved to Paramount+ after just four episodes; this could be the reason for opening up more space for Survivor.
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