'Survivor' Debuts In UK

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The much-hyped British version of "Survivor" has got off to a disappointing start, with audiences well below expectations.

The first two installments of the virtual reality series, shown on ITV televison Monday night, pulled in 5.8 million and 6.6 million viewers, respectively -- well below the 10 million people ITV hoped would tune in.

"Survivor" creator Charlie Parsons said, "I am not disappointed with these figures. When '(Who Wants To Be A) Millionaire?' started, the ratings weren't huge. Once 'Survivor' gets into its stride, I'm confident it will do as well here as it did in America."

The final episode of the original U.S. "Survivor," which concluded last August, peaked at a record audience of 60 million viewers.

While the British version and American versions of the show follow the same outline, the British producers opted not to use "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" as a theme and instead chose "Trust No One."

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