OLN has bought the syndication rights to the 10 seasons of CBS’ “Survivor” series, and will begin airing the reality show’s first season July 24.
OLN, the cable channel formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network, will premiere the reruns after its coverage of Lance Armstrong’s final ride in the Tour de France, a competition that usually gives the network its best ratings of the year.
The deal represents an interesting test for TV’s best-known reality program. There’s some question in the industry about how many people will tune in to watch a competition where the winner is already known.
Besides showing “Survivor” series in their entirety, OLN plans to package highlights under themes like “most villainous characters” and “biggest twists.”
“‘Survivor’ is the reality series that spawned a whole new television genre,” said Gavin Harvey, OLN president. “It is a prized acquisition and a perfect fit for OLN.”