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ITV’s ‘Survivor’ gets weak reception

U.K.'s 'Millionaire' declines

LONDON — The British version of reality TV show “Survivor,” which produced record-breaking ratings in the U.S., has gotten off to a disappointing start with viewing well below expectations.

The first two installments of the much-hyped series, shown on ITV at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday night, respectively pulled in 35% and 31% shares representing 5.8 million and 6.6 million viewers.

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” regularly tops 40% for ITV, the U.K.’s biggest commercial web. The quizzer’s popularity, however, has started to decline, increasing the pressure on “Survivor” to perform well.

ITV was hoping that at least 10 million Brits would tune in.

“Survivor” creator Charlie Parsons said: “I am not disappointed with these figures. When ‘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 U.S. version of “Survivor” pulled in a record audience of 60 million viewers.