Survivor 46

Episode 1 Stats

Rob Brodeur breaks down all the latest stats!


Each week Inside Survivor contributor Rob Brodeur will be collecting various Survivor-related statistics and information based on the latest episode of Survivor 46.


  • This is the 14th consecutive season to film in Fiji.
    • It’s the 15th season to film in Fiji (including Survivor: Fiji)
  • This is the 6th consecutive season to start with three tribes.
    • Seasons 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, and 46 all started with three tribes.
      • The most recent season to only have two pre-merge tribes was Island of the Idols.


  • The average age of the cast is 30.94.
  • Venus is the 8th Canadian to be on US Survivor.
    • Island of the Idols – Tom
    • Survivor 41 – Erika & Shan
    • Survivor 42 – Maryanne & Omar
    • Survivor 44 – Kane
    • Survivor 45 – Kaleb
      • Survivor 43 is the only new era season to not have someone from Canada on the cast.
  • Bhanu is the first Survivor player to be born in India.
  • Jem is the first Survivor player to be born in Guyana.
  • Q is the first Survivor player to have a name that starts with “Q.”
  • Maria (47) is the oldest player this season, while David (21) is the youngest.
  • Maria is the 10th player to be in her 40s and the oldest player in her season. The others are as follows:
    • Sekou Bunch (45) in Cook Islands
    • Steve “Chicken” Morris (47) in China
    • Trish Hegarty (48) in Cagayan
    • Katrina Radke (46) in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
    • Angela Perkins (42) in Ghost Island
    • Reem Daly (46) in Edge of Extinction
    • Denise Stapley (48) in Winners at War
    • Bruce Perrault (46) in Survivor 44
    • Julie Alley (49) in Survivor 45
      • Five out of 10 of these players were the first person eliminated from their season (Sekou, Chicken, Katrina, Reem, & Bruce).
  • Survivor 46 is the third three-starting tribe season to have orange, green, and purple starting tribes. Cagayan and Survivor 44 are the others.
    • Millennials vs. Gen X, Ghost Island, and David vs. Goliath also had orange, green, and purple pre-merge tribes, but the green tribe on those three seasons was an expansion tribe.
  • Every even-numbered new era season has an orange, green, and purple tribe.
    • Survivor 42: Taku, Vati, Kulakula
    • Survivor 44: Ratu, Soka, Tika
    • Survivor 46: Nami, Siga, Yanu
  • This is the 4th consecutive season where the starting tribes had four letter names.
    • Survivor 43: Baka, Coco, Vesi
    • Survivor 44: Ratu, Soka, Tika
    • Survivor 45: Belo, Lulu, Reba
    • Survivor 46: Nami, Siga, Yanu
  • There have been 32 tribes since David vs. Goliath with two-syllable names.
    • David vs. Goliath: Vuku & Tiva
    • Edge of Extinction: Manu, Kama, & Lesu
    • Island of the Idols: Vokai & Lairo
    • Winners at War: Dakal, Sele, & Yara
    • Survivor 41: Luvu, Ua, & Yase
    • Survivor 42: Vuku, Ika, & Vati
    • Survivor 43: Baka, Coco, & Vesi
    • Survivor 44: Ratu, Soka, & Tika
    • Survivor 45: Belo, Lulu, & Reba
    • Survivor 46: Nami, Siga, & Yanu
      • Not including merged tribes, the most recent tribe name with more than two syllables was “Jabeni” in David vs. Goliath.
  • Nami
    • Average age: 29.5
    • Oldest member: Randen Montalvo (40)
    • Youngest member: Venus Vafa (24)
    • Nami is based on the Japanese word for “wave.”
      • This is the second tribe (not counting merged tribes) in a season set in Fiji to not be based on a Fijian word or location in Fiji.
        • The first was Tika in Survivor 44, whose name was based on a Maori word for “righteousness.”
      • The starting tribes in David vs. Goliath were originally named to match the theme but were given Fijian word names after the swap.
    • Nami is the 3rd tribe to be named for a wave, after Galu in Samoa and Ua in Survivor 41.
    • Nami is the 22nd orange tribe.
    • Nami is the first orange tribe to start with “N”
    • Naviti in Ghost Island is the most recent tribe to start with “N”
    • Randen and Liz are both from Orlando, FL.
  • Siga
    • Average age: 32
    • Oldest member: Maria Shrime Gonzalez (47)
    • Youngest member: Charlie Davis (25)
    • Siga is based on the Fijian word for “day.”
    • Siga is the 24th green tribe.
      • The most recent green tribe also started with an “S.”
        • They’re also the only two green “S” tribes.
    • This is the 4th consecutive four letter “S” starting tribe after Soko, Sele, and Soka.
    • Survivor 45 is the only new era season without a green tribe.
  • Yanu
    • Average age: 31.33
    • Oldest member: Bhanu Gopal (41)
    • Youngest member: David Jelinsky (21)
    • Yanu is based on the Fijian word “yanuyanu” which means “island.”
    • Yanu is the 18th purple tribe.
    • Yanu is the first purple tribe to start with the letter “Y.”

Hidden Immunity Idol

  • Tiffany is the 9th player to find a hidden immunity idol in the first episode.
    • The others are Brandon in Survivor 44, Dan in Survivor David vs. Goliath, Domenick in Ghost Island, Kelley in Cambodia, Carolyn in Worlds Apart, Garrett & Tony in Cagayan, and Kristina in Redemption Island.
  • Other limited-use idols found/received in the premiere are as follows:
    • Sabrina found the Manono idol in the premiere episode of One World but had to give it to someone on that tribe.
    • Ryan found an idol during the marooning in the premiere of Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, but it needed to be given to someone on a different tribe.
    • Natalie found one on Edge of Extinction in Winners at War but had to sell it to someone still in the game.
    • Gabler got an idol during the summit trip by risking his vote in the Survivor 43 premiere.

Marooning – “Tiers of Heaven”

  • Nami won both challenges in this episode. They’re the 4th new era tribe in a row to win both premiere challenges.
    • Reba in Survivor 45, Soka in Survivor 44, and Vesi in Survivor 43.
      • Ika (Survivor 42) and Ua (Survivor 41) are the only new-era tribes to win the marooning challenge but not win the first immunity challenge.
  • This is the first time an orange tribe won this challenge.
  • Both times this challenge was used with a purple tribe, they lost.
  • This is only the second time a variation of this challenge was used on a season where none of the tribes competing were primary colors.
    • Survivor 44 was the first time.
      • Both seasons had orange, green, and purple tribes competing.

Sweat vs Savvy

  • This is the second season in a row where both tribes lost the sweat vs. savvy challenge.

The Summit

  • Jelinsky is the first player to go to the summit and get eliminated in the premiere episode.

Immunity Challenge – “Lizard King”

  • Variations of this challenge were used in Thailand and Nicaragua.
    • Both times it was used as a pre-merge challenge, an orange and purple tribe competed.
  • Nakhum in Guatemala is the only “N” tribe to lose the first immunity challenge.
    • Nagarote in Worlds Apart, Nuku in Game Changers, Naviti in Ghost Island, and Nami in Survivor 46 all won the first immunity challenge of the season.
  • Takali in Millennials vs Gen X is the most recent purple tribe to lose the first immunity challenge of the season.
    • 8/13 purple tribes have won the first immunity challenge.
      • Casaya (Panama), Malakal (Micronesia), Bikal (Caramoan), Takali (Millennials vs Gen X), and Yanu (Survivor 46) are the only purple tribes to lose.
  • Ua is the only new-era green tribe not to win the first immunity challenge of the season.
    • Vati (Survivor 42), Soka (Survivor 44), and Siga (Survivor 46) all won.


  • Bhanu and Tiffany had the most confessionals in this episode, with 9.
  • Hunter, Liz, and Randen had the lowest number of confessionals ,with 2.
    • Everyone had at least two confessionals in this episode.
  • Jelinsky had several (7) confessionals in this episode.

Tribal Council

  • Jelinsky was voted out 5-0.
    • He’s the second player voted out 5-0 unanimously since Zach in Survivor 42.
  • He is the first man to be voted out of a purple tribe since Johnny Fairplay in Micronesia.
  • The purple tribe lost a member in both new era seasons.
    • Bruce was medevaced from Tika in Survivor 44.
    • David was voted out from Yanu in Survivor 46.
  • He is the second new era player to be the only person eliminated in the first episode.
    • The first was Morriah in Survivor 43.
  • The most recent person named David to play Survivor was David Voce in Survivor 41, who also went by his last name on the show.
  • Jelinsky is the 8th David/Dave to play Survivor.
    • Dave Johnson – The Amazon
    • Dave Cruser – China
    • Dave Ball – Samoa
    • David Murphy – Redemption Island
    • David Sampson – Cagayan
    • David Wright – Millennials vs. Gen X & Edge of Extinction
    • David Voce – Survivor 41
    • David Jelinsky- Survivor 46
      • Coincidentally, everyone before Heroes vs. Villains was Dave, while everyone after Heroes vs. Villains was David.
      • Every Dave/David to play Survivor has been from California except for David Sampson, David Voce, and David Jelinsky.
        • David Sampson is from Florida, David Voce is from Illinois, and David Jelinsky is from Nevada.
  • Both David Jelinsky and David Sampson (Cagayan) were voted out in 18th place.
  • Jelinsky is the first person to be the youngest player in the season to finish in last place.
    • He’s the third person to be the youngest player in a season and be voted out at the first tribal council after Marissa in Blood vs. Water and Jessica in David vs. Goliath.
  • Jelinsky is the 10th player to attend tribal council but never cast an elimination vote. The others are as follows:
    • Chris – Ghost Island
    • Sydney – Survivor 41
    • Zach & Marya – Survivor 42
    • Claire & Matthew – Survivor 44
    • Hannah, Sabiyah, & Brandon – Survivor 45
  • He’s the first player to lose his vote (not voluntarily give it up to gain an advantage) and get voted out at the first tribal council of the season.
  • Jelinsky is the 18th player to never cast a vote in the game. The others are as follows:
    • Jonathan & Wanda in Palau – They were both not chosen for a tribe in the premiere
    • Gary in Fiji – Quit
    • Kourtney in One World – Medevaced
    • Dana in Philippines – Quit
    • Chris in Ghost Island – He lost his vote to get an idol, then was voted out at the first tribal he attended.
    • Pat in David vs. Goliath – Medevaced
    • Sydney in Survivor 41 – Played Shot in the Dark
    • Jackson in Survivor 42 – Medevaced
    • Zach in Survivor 42 – Played Shot in the Dark
    • Marya in Survivor 42 – Played Shot in the Dark
    • Bruce in Survivor 44 – Medevaced
    • Claire in Survivor 44 – Played Shot in the Dark
    • Matthew in Survivor 44 – Played Shot in the Dark at his first tribal, then was medevaced/quit before attending tribal again.
    • Hannah in Survivor 45 – Quit
    • Brandon in Survivor 45 – Didn’t vote at the first tribal due to Hannah’s quit, then lost his vote at the summit in the second episode.
    • Sabiyah in Survivor 45 – Didn’t vote at the first tribal due to Hannah’s quit, then lost her vote due to the beware advantage, and lost another vote to extend her idol timeline.


Episode Title

  • The episode title “This is Where the Legends Are Made” was said by Jelinsky.

Written by

Rob Brodeur

Rob hails from Boston, MA. He studied Architectural Engineering at college and has been following Survivor since the first season. Rob is married and has a dog named Snoopy. He also used to host Survivor ORGs (Online Reality Games) on Facebook. Rob writes Inside Survivor’s weekly Survivor Stats feature.

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