Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

Episode 1 Stats

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X is underway and Inside Survivor’s regular stat-man Rob Brodeur is back with all the interesting facts and figures. Each week Rob will be collecting various Survivor related statistics and information based off the latest episode.


  • This is the second time that a season has been filmed in Fiji.
    • The last season to be filmed there was Survivor: Fiji, 19 seasons ago.
    • Survivor: Fiji filmed in Macuata, Vanua Levu.
    • Millennials vs. Gen X filmed in the Mamanuca Islands.
      • Season 34 also filmed in the Mamanuca Islands.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Nicaragua to have 20 new players.
    • Nicaragua also used an Old vs. Young tribe split.
  • This is the first time in Survivor history that the castaways had to be evacuated because of dangerous weather conditions.


  • Rachel is the 20th female to be the first boot in a season.
    • So far nobody named Rachel has reached the merge.
    • Just like Rachel Foulger from Survivor: Blood vs. Water, she was voted out with five votes, all of them coming from the five men on her tribe.
  • The past three female first boots have all been Asian women.
    • Nadiya Anderson in Survivor: San Juan Del Sur.
    • So Kim in Survivor: Worlds Apart.
    • Rachel Ako in Millennials vs. Gen X.

Tribal Council

  • This is only the second time there was a “voting square” (Not to be confused with a “voting bloc”).
    • David voted for Rachel, Rachel voted for Sunday, Sunday voted for CeCe, and CeCe voted for David.
    • This only happened once before in Survivor: Caramoan.
  • This is also only the second time in Survivor history where four people got votes at the first tribal council.
    • The first, coincidently, was in Survivor: Fiji.
  • This is the first time that the first tribal council didn’t occur on Day 3.


  • This season marks the third time that age has divided the tribes.
    • It is the second season where there is two tribes split old vs. young.
      • Nicaragua was the first time this happened.
    • Survivor: Panama had four tribes, split by age and gender.
  • Lucy is the only person not to get a confessional this episode. 
    • This is the first time a player hasn’t received a confessional in the premiere since Corinne Kaplan and Hope Driskill in Caramoan.
    • The last time just one player didn’t receive a confessional in the premiere was Bruce Kanegai in Panama. Like Lucy, Bruce was a member of the older tribe.
  • The Millennials tribe, Vanua, is Fijian for “home” or “land.”
    • Vanua’s tribe insignia is an island with palm trees.
  • The Gen X tribe, Takali, is Fijian for “open sea.”
    • Takali’s tribe insignia is an ocean wave.


  • Every time there has been an old vs. young season, an older tribe has always lost the first immunity challenge.
    • Just like this season, in Panama, a purple tribe lost to an orange tribe.
      • However, in Panama, both the purple and orange tribe were the “older” tribes.


  • Episode 1 received 9.46 million viewers and 2.3/8 in the Adults 18-49 Rating/Share. This is up significantly from the Survivor: Kaoh Rong premiere which received 8.30 million viewers and a 1.9/7. However, it is down slightly from last fall’s season premiere of Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance which received 9.70 million viewers and a 2.5/8 share.


  • The episode title “May the Best Generation Win” was said by Millennials tribe member Will Wahl.

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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