Well this is one way to keep a reality franchise fresh after all these years. Only two episodes into its new season, “Survivor: Vanuatu” will have a double Tribal Council during Thursday’s (Sept. 30) episode, tossing two players in the volcano (symbolically).
During the episode, the castaways will discover the secret at what host Jeff Probst reveals will be a double Reward/Immunity challenge. Although both the Yasur and Lopevi clans will visit Tribal Council and one member will be voted off each team, CBS publicity promises that the challenge will put one player in “a very influential position.”
After the first two episodes of “Vanuatu,” the men and the women are all even. The testosterone-driven Lopevis voted Brook off initially, fearing that he was a threat, while last week saw the distaff Yasurs boot Dolly off for being indecisive or something silly like that.
Drawing 20.06 million viewers for its first episode, “Vanuatu” had the popular franchise’s second least-watched premiere since the very first installment. “Survivor” held up relatively well in its second episode, drawing 19.14 million viewers, comfortably topping the audiences for NBC’s “Joey” and “Will & Grace.”