NEW YORK Rupert Boneham, the bushy-bearded giant from Indianapolis who was an audience favorite during the last two
Survivor games, won a $1 million consolation prize during a special edition of the CBS game last night.
CBS said 38 million people cast votes for the second $1 million winner, a gimmick that brought an American Idol flavor to the long-running game. Host Jeff Probst even called it Americas Tribal Council.
The Survivor All-Stars finale on Sunday was seen by just under 25 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Three other men were the top vote-getters behind Boneham: Tom Buchanan, the jolly drawler from Virginia; Colby Donaldson, the hunk from Texas; and Boston Rob Mariano, the runner-up during Survivor: All-Stars to his ﬁance´ e, Amber Brkich.
For the investment of a $1 million prize, CBS got one more hour of Survivor-related programming during a ratings sweeps month, and is likely to earn more in advertising proﬁts than it spent.
Mariano and Brkich, the final two contestants on Sunday who became engaged during the ﬁnale, said that a network they didnt reveal which one had already talked to them about televising their wedding.
Would they be interested?
If the price is right, Mariano said.
Viewers voted his fiance´e the sexiest Survivor. Donaldson was deemed the hottest male.