Boston Rob (finally) wins Survivor

It took him four seasons and 117 days to do it, but Survivor favourite “Boston” Rob Mariano finally won the $1m prize money.

He defeated finalists Phillip and Natalie to take out the prize that had eluded him so many times before.

Mariano won the show over a week ago, but it aired in Australia on GO! last night.

“I used what I brought to the game from my past experiences, was able to get my foot in the door, and the people were responsive to that,” he said.

He also won the audience-voted $100,000 prize as the most popular contestant on the show over Redemption-Island regular, Matt. His wife, Amber, also won $1 million on the show, in 2004. They now have two daughters.

Eliminated contestant Russell Hantz told Jeff Probst that after three seasons he was done with the show, but then appeared to retreat from the threat when Probst asked if Producers should throw away his number.

Mariano, who has also competed on The Amazing Race, says he plans to begin a project with the History Channel.

The next Survivor season takes place in the South Pacific.

Source: CBS


  1. I was so glad to see Boston Rob finally win. After the finale aired I made sure I didn’t come on this site for a few days as I knew the winner would have been published on the homepage. I only just watched the episode tonight, which is crazy for me as Survivor has probably been the show I’ve enjoyed the most consistently forever.

    Now I’ve just got to keep reading all the news articles that were published after the finale, and watch the cbs morning show on youtube tomorrow which is part of my ritual after a survivor finale 🙂

    Any word on whether go/nine will have South Pacific in two weeks David?

  2. @ Tara – Survivor Micronesia: Fans vs Favourites had a core alliance of Parvati, Amanda and Cirie plus fan Natalie, blindsiding Ozzy, then Jason, then Erik after convincing him to hand over his immunity idol, leaving an all female final 4.

    @ Lewis – Have to agree with all three points.

  3. @ Shelley, do you avoid websites like Facebook & Twitter as well when you watch shows after they’ve aired? I don’t think you can blame David Knox, the writer of a TV blog to not report this news when it’s been all around the internet for over a week now.

    I accidently got spoiled by simply logging onto facebook and I had a friend post about the result. You should be happy you lasted the week.

  4. Honestly can’t believe some of the comments here.

    First of all, if you got spoiled by this, your fault. Once the show has aired in Australia it’s up to you to avoid being spoiled. It’s not David’s job to hold off until he thinks maybe everyone who recorded it has seen it. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t go onto TV websites. Simple as that.

    Second, those who think this season wan’t any good. Wow. I thought it was great. We had Rob, handicapped from the beginning, manage not just to win, but play what you’d have to say was a close to perfect game. Really, there’s nothing he did wrong. He worked everyone over to the max, and came out of it with 8 votes out of 9. Perfect game.

    Third, someone said Russell’s a better player. What utter rubbish. Russell’s game plan is flawed. He will never win this game (hopefully he doesn’t get the chance, but I doubt that…). His game revolves around being strategic and lying/backstabbing/being mean. it won’t work.

  5. It’s frustrating to see season after season of clueless girls clinging to the guys to get to the end and the more strategic foreword thinking women getting voted off too early.has there ever been a successful all female alliance?? I can’t think of any of the top of my head.

    After all the zapoteras were voted off,the game did become really predictable.I kept hoping for someone to make a big move but that never happened.
    Interested to see who they’ll bring back for next season

  6. I’m not sure what the lastest PVR uptake and time shifted viewing stats are at, but I bet a reasonable proportion of people are watching back reality shows after original telecast….and are frustrated with the game always being given away on the home page of this website!!

    • Shelley the show has aired in Australia. I held off all info until then and I trust you well aware of this. TV Tonight is hardly the only TV site in the world to have reported the winner of Survivor. I find it disappointing I am singled out for these actions when I have been more than respectul to Australian fans, but I guess you can’t please everybody. Please note American Idol results will be published after the Finale airs tomorrow morning. Thanks. Sigh.

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