Survivor 20 Week Five: Tom Gets Kneecapped –

The Heroes continued to be Zeros, losing the chocolate challenge, going down with another injury (James knee gave out under the weight of his ego plus all that steroid-induced muscle mass) and losing another immunity puzzle challenge. Then they dug themselves an even deeper hole by voting off this game’s savviest strategist, Tom. They guy who should have gone is James, who can’t walk anymore and, as Tom says, is “all mass, no class.”
The swing vote was cast by J.T., who cemented his rep as a wishy-washy weasel.
On the Villain tribe, Russell scratched around for days until he found the immunity idol. He plans to whack Boston Rob out of the game with it. Next week they say mean things to each other (and they do it a day early as Survivor moves to Wednesdays for two weeks due to the annual March Madness college basketball tournament).

Amber Dowling (TV Guide Canada): “It’s no surprise the Heroes continue to lose challenge after challenge, considering the latter games of Survivor have all boasted lopsided teams going into the merge. Plus, every single booted contestant admits the Villains have fewer egos, and have bonded better.” Read the rest of Dowling’s recap here.

Michael Bolen (The National Post): “Last week, it seemed as if Tom played his idol perfectly by eliminating a key rival and ingratiating himself with his tribe’s power player, JT. But instead of putting him in the driver’s seat, it simply highlighted the danger he posed and helped to send him home.” Read the rest of Bolen’s recap here.

Kat Angus ( “I mean, really: Tom? Sure, he is James’ biggest detractor, but with James sidelined, Tom is the Heroes’ strongest player – which they clearly need, since even Colby admitted they only shine during wrestling-based challenges.” Read the rest of Angus’ latest recap here.


  1. Bill, I understand that you cover what people are watching on TV regardless of whether a show is made in Canada or the US. And that you do plenty of work to promote Canadian shows.
    I’m wondering how audiences are reacting to the CBC series “Love, Hate & Propaganda” which is not the most fun thing to be watching on TV.
    The CBC has set aside 6 nights for this gruesome documentary and selling it to a younger audience.
    How are the ratings?

    On a more obscure angle, I understand that it’s actually possible for a specialty channel to have such a small audience that the CRTC will remove it from airwaves.
    I’m looking at the impact of CBC News Network and wondering if there is any audience at all for this weak effort on the part of the CBC.

    thanks, Bill.

  2. Love, Hate and Propaganda actually did pretty well Thursday night on CBC’s Doc Zone, drawing 585,000 viewers opposite CTV powerhouse Grey’s Anatomy (2 Mil+). I don’t have a number for the Friday repeat on CBC News Network. The series continues this Thurs. at 9. I thought it was a fascinating Coles Notes entry into the buildup toward WWII.
    Strombo’s other gig, BTW, is not doing too bad these days either. The Hour scored 214,000 at 11 p.m. last Wednesday.
    A strong episode of the Republic of Doyle, packed with guest stars Cathy Jones, R.H. Thompson and Nicholas Campbell, also had a big week, drawing 851,000 on CBC Wed.
    As for the CRTC yanking licences away from loser stations, there would be dozens of others closer to the door than CBC News Network. Looked at OLN’s numbers lately? Yikes.

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