"Survivor" Defies Gravity To Hang On As CBS Ratings Stalwart - New York Times (30th Sep 2015)

New York Times article 30.9.15 after the Season 31 premiere;
“On Sunday, “CSI,” the CBS drama starring Ted Danson, quietly ended its 15-year run with a two-hour series finale. Next year, “American Idol,” the talent competition that has been on the air since 2002, will end after years of declining ratings.

In television, even the most popular shows have expiration dates. But while these two juggernauts from the early 2000s are finished, there is one franchise player from that era that continues to defy time and seismic shifts in the television industry. The CBS show “Survivor” enters this television season, its 16th year on the air, still locked in on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., and still winning that time slot.

The reality show — featuring more than a dozen “castaways,” weekly fireside ceremonies that popularized the phrase “voted off the island” and a $1 million prize — made its season premiere last week. Once again it captured the best ratings of the night from 8 to 9 p.m”.