Filmed: July 29-31, 2016 |  Aired: May 7, 2017
Hannah out, 7-1
Dee out, 7-1
Dee loses duel


  • Ep1 Reward/Immunity challenge: None. Unless you count the (unscoreable) scramble for survival items.
  • Ep1 voted out, Mogoton: Hannah, 7-1 over Izzy.
  • Ep1 voted out, Hermosa: Dee, 7-1 over Barb.
  • Ep1 duel: Hannah wins, 3-2, and Dee is eliminated.


Episode 1 scoring notes

Notes: In American Survivor, contestants often take a while to receive SurvSc/SurvAv scores, because they frequently avoid having to attend Tribal Council for several episodes, especially in three-tribe seasons. Survivor NZ fixes that by having both tribes vote someone out on Day 1, but then fumbles the opportunity by having only 2 people compete in a challenge. (So SurvAv scores are non-imaginary, but the percentages composing SurvSc are still messed up.) Oh well. On the plus side, Survivor NZ fixes the narrative structural problem with US duels: They stick it at the end of the episode, to make the elimination the final dramatic event. Nicely done.


As is traditional with duels, they are scored as half of an individual challenge. So Hannah is the only person with ChW points, at least until the next episode.


Mogotón vote count:

- Hannah received 7 votes, from Avi, Lou, Sala, Shay, Tom, Tony, and Izzy (voted out, 7-1).

- Izzy received 1 vote, from Hannah.

Hermosa vote count:

- Dee received 7 votes, from Barb, Georgia, Jak, Lee, Mike, Nate, and Shannon (voted out, 7-1).

- Barb received 1 vote, from Dee.

Episode 1 boxscore: Tribal Councils
Tribal council stats
Contestant VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Avi 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Hannah 0 7 8 1 0.13 0.50
Izzy 1 1 8 1 N/A 5.60
Lou 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Sala 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Shay 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Tom 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Tony 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Barb 1 1 8 1 N/A 5.60
Dee 0 7 8 1 -0.88 0.00
Georgia 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Jak 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Lee 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Mike 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Nate 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Shannon 1 - 8 1 N/A 7.00
Episode 1 boxscore: Duel
Reward/ Immunity Challenge
Contestant ChW ChA % FIn MPF-D
Hannah 0.50 0.50 1.00 100.0%
Dee 0.00 0.50 0.50 50.0%
Glossary of terms
  • Challenge stats
    • ChW: Challenge Wins. For tribal challenges, a contestant earns a fraction of 1 win, depending on if they participated (no points for sitting out). So in a five-person tribe's win, each participant gets (1/5) of a point, or 0.2 points. Duels (or individual RCs as in Ep1) at Redemption Island count as half a challenge (and half a win). Individual challenge wins count as a full point.
    • ChA: Challenge Appearances. Used to calculate ChW%. Fractional for tribal challenges (same as ChW), except sit-outs get charged for an appearance, because they could have participated.
    • ChW%: Challenge Win%. Simply, ChW% = ChW / ChA.
    • SO: The number of times a contestant sat out of a challenge.
  • Tribal Council stats
    • VFB: Votes For Bootee. The number of times the contestant has voted for the person who was ultimately voted out. Applies only to initial votes (no points for revotes in case of a tie). Special case: In a final three TC, where only one vote is cast (by the F3 IC winner), only that vote counts.
    • VAP: Votes Against the Player. The total number of tribal council votes cast against the contestant. Again, only initial votes count (no penalty for revotes), and here a hidden immunity idol (if played) erases the votes. In the special case of a final three tribal council above, only the F3 bootee receives a vote against.
    • TotV: Total votes cast during the tribal councils the player has attended (again, only initial votes count). Used to adjust for different vote totals as tribes shrink.
    • TCA: Tribal council appearances. The number of times a contestant has attended tribal council (at which they voted).
    • TC%: Tribal Council percent. Attempts to reward voting for the bootee (which players controlling the vote almost always do), while punishing receiving votes yourself. The formula is: TC% = [VFB - (VAP/TotV)] / TCA.
    • wTCR: weighted Tribal Council Ratio. Very similar in intent to TC%, but calculated as a ratio of VFB to VAP, while also scaling to a uniform number of TC appearances. The formula is as follows: wTCR =2* [VFB / (4+VAP)] x (14/TCA). I originally tried (1+VAP) to avoid dividing by zero, but this overly rewarded getting zero votes against relative to just one vote against, which seemed silly. (4+VAP) scaled that effect back comfortably. 14 was used as the scaling factor for TC appearances because there are usually 14 episodes, then a final scaling factor of 2 to bring maximal scores up to roughly even with ChW and JV% high scores.
  • Jury stats
    • JVF: Number of jury votes for the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji), theoretically.
    • TotJ: Total number of jurors. Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT Thomas, Tocantins).
    • JV%: The percent of total jury votes cast for the contestant, or Jur% = JVF/ TotJ. This number is used, raw, in SurvSc, and is scaled in SurvAv (multiplied by six) to make it similar in size to ChW and wTCR.
  • Overall scores
    • Survival Score (SurvSc). It's simply the sum of Challenge Win% (ChW%) + Tribal Council% (TC%) + Jury Vote%, for a maximum possible score of 2 (3 after the finale).
    • Survival Average (SurvAv). It's a simple sum of fractional Challenge Wins (ChW), weighted TC Ratio (wTCR), and (eventually) a weighted Jury%. The latter two max out at six points total, for a theoretical maximum score of around 18 or so.