Jeff Probst inks deal to stay on as host

CBS has renewed “Survivor” for two more cycles, ensuring the reality juggernaut runs through the 2011-12 season.

In conjunction with the pickup, Jeff Probst has inked a deal that will keep him as host.

” ‘Survivor’ is a program franchise that continues to stand the test of time,” said the net’s alternative topper Jennifer Bresnan. “Each season delivers new faces, exotic places, the ultimate social experiment combined with game play, and one of the most engaged audiences anywhere on primetime television.”

Current edition of the show, “Survivor: Redemption Island,” is drawing 11.7 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/10 share in the 18-49 demo. Skein, which launched in 2000 and is in its 22nd edition, was a Thursday staple for the Eye before shifting to Wednesdays this season.

New timeslot has put it directly against Fox’s “American Idol,” but the two seem to be co-existing well. “Survivor” has lost nearly 2 million viewers from its fall edition that took place in Nicaragua, but Eye execs are willing to accept the decrease considering the strong competition.

Probst exec produces with Mark Burnett and David Burris.

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