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Grim new reality for once popular American TV genre

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At the climax of its initial season in 2000, CBS's hit Survivor drew an audience of over 50 million. That number had plunged to just 9.7 million by the time of the finale of the most recent season.

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FALLING ratings, cancelled shows and lurid scandals: 2014 was a trying year for reality television in the US, as American audiences wearied of producers chasing success by recycling the same old formats.

The question is, will 2015 be any better? Some specialists say

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