Survivor: Game Changers

Premiere Stats

Rob Brodeur looks at the stats from the premiere of Survivor: Game Changers.

Each week Inside Survivor contributor Rob Brodeur will be collecting various Survivor related statistics and information based off the latest episode of Survivor: Game Changers.


  • Every time there’s been an all-returning player season, the same tribe lost the first two immunity challenges.
    • Saboga in All-Stars
    • Heroes in Heroes vs. Villains
    • Ta Keo in Cambodia
    • Mana in Game Changers
  • With this episode, Ozzy has passed Amanda Kimmel for 3rd most days played with 110. (Amanda had 108)
    • Boston Rob has 117 and Parvati has 114.


  • Everyone on the cast got at least one confessional during the double episode premiere.
    • JT is the only person who didn’t get a confessional during the first hour.
  • Tony had the most confessionals (combining both episodes) with 11.

Vote-out #1

  • Ciera was voted out 9-1
    • In the previous all-returnee season where a woman went home first, Sugar in Heroes vs. Villains was also voted out 9-1.
    • In Ciera’s first season and this season, the first vote was unanimous.
      • Marissa was voted out 8-1 in Blood vs. Water.
  • Ciera is the 21st woman to be the first boot in a season.
  • Jeff Probst chose Ciera as his pre-season winner pick.
  • In three seasons, Ciera has never had a boot episode to herself; she’s always been voted out in a double episode.
    • In Blood vs. Water, she was voted out during the finale episode.
    • In Cambodia, her boot was part of a double episode where Stephen was voted out in the episode after her.
    • In Game Changers her boot was part of a double episode where Tony was voted out in the episode after her.
  • Each time she was voted out, her placement was double that of her previous placement.
    • 5th in Blood vs. Water
    • 10th in Cambodia
    • 20th in Game Changers
  • In Cambodia and Game Changers the first boot was from Blood vs. Water.
    • Brad Culpepper is the only Blood vs. Water returning player who wasn’t a first boot.
  • With Ciera being voted out first, Blood vs. Water has four people that have been first boot in a season.
    • Tina in All-Stars
    • Rupert in Blood vs. Water
    • Vytas in Cambodia
    • Ciera in Game Changers
  • From this cast, Ciera, Cirie, and Andrea have been voted out three times.
    • Only Ozzy has been voted out more than this with four times.
  • Ciera has broken a record by having 33 total votes against her in the course of her seasons.
    • Coincidentally, her mom Laura Morett previously held this record (tied with Jonathan Penner) “She out voted her mom!”

Vote-out #2

  • Tony was voted out 7-2.
    • Tony got more votes (7) in this one tribal council than he got in the entire season of Cagayan (5)
  • Sandra is the last remaining winner in this season to have never been voted out.
    • Sandra and Jenna Morasca are currently the only returning winners to never be voted out of the game.
    • The only other people this season to never have been voted out are Aubry, Caleb, and Tai.
  • The returning final four from Cagayan have had reversed placement orders in their returning seasons.
    • Tony – Winner, Woo – Runner Up, Kass – 3rd, Spencer – 4th (Cagayan)
    • Spencer – Runner Up (Cambodia), Kass – 13th (Cambodia), Woo – 14th (Cambodia), Tony – 19th (Game Changers)

Tribal Council #1

  • This was Sandra’s first time going to the first (and second) tribal council.
  • This was Andrea, Cirie, and JT’s first time not going to the first tribal council.
  • Jeff and Malcolm have always gone to the first tribal council.
  • Michaela voted for Ciera at this tribal council. This matched her pre-season “who would you vote out first” vote as asked by Dalton Ross for EW.
  • This was the first tribal council Caleb has ever attended.

Tribal Council #2

  • Every time Aubry has received votes at a tribal council, she’s gotten two, including Final Tribal Council of Kaoh Rong.
  • Sandra has played 84 days of Survivor and only received one vote against her (that counted) in Heroes vs. Villains.
  • Sandra voted for Aubry at this tribal council, fulfilling her “pre-season” vote as asked by Dalton Ross for EW.
  • Jeff and Hali voted for Tony at this tribal council, fulfilling their “pre-season” votes as asked by Dalton Ross for EW.

Immunity Challenge #1 – Blue Lagoon Bustle

  • Ciera has competed in this challenge twice and lost both times.
    • Brad has also participated in this challenge twice. He lost the first time and won this time.
  • A red tribe has always lost this challenge.
  • This challenge has only been seen in the first episode of the season.

Immunity Challenge #2 – Serpent Turf

  • Malcolm, Sarah, Andrea, and Tony have competed in this challenge twice.
    • Andrea and Sarah won twice, while Tony and Malcolm won once and lost once.
  • Jeff has lost eight immunity challenges in a row, starting with the tribal immunity challenge in Episode 4 and the first individual immunity challenge of The Australian Outback, four tribal challenges in Cambodia, and two tribal challenges in Game Changers.


  • The double-episode premiere received 7.64 million viewers and 1.7/6 in the Adults 18-49 Rating/Share. This is Survivor’s lowest rated premiere in history. Last fall’s Survivor: Millennial vs. Gen X opened to a 2.3, and last spring’s Survivor: Kaoh Rong started with a 1.9 for the premiere. So this is quite a significant drop for Survivor, perhaps caused by the unusual March start date.

Episode Title

  • Andrea Boehlke said the episode title, “The Stakes Have Been Raised,” in her opening confessional.

Written by

Rob Brodeur

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

5 responses to “Premiere Stats”

  1. A little correction re Varner’s immunity loss streak – it starting with episode 5 (not 4) of The Australian Outback.

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