Matt Blankinship - Survivor 44

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 14 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 44 (2023) - 11th place, 8th out - 1st juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 7, "Let's Not Be Cute About It" (Day 14).

Matt Blankinship on social media: twitter | Instagram

Matt Blankinship - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
Survivor 44 1.30 2.82 0.46 0 3 1* -0.15 0.00 - - - 0.31 1.30
Career 1.30 2.82 0.46 0 3 1* -0.15 0.00 - - - 0.31 1.30


Matt Blankinship - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile


Tribal: VFB% percentile


Tribal: rVAP percentile


Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.


Matt Blankinship - Challenge record
Survivor 44 logo  Survivor 44 challenges

Ep1 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-8; 2 2nds):

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 1 RC: "Crate Wide Open" - Works the puzzle with Claire, and Soka wins (1st)/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 1 IC: "Paradise Lost" - Paddles, directs the slide puzzle; Soka wins (1st)/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "A Bridge You Must Cross" - Crosses the bridge, Soka doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Box Car Blues" - Works cube puzzle with Frannie, but Soka loses (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4 RC: "Air Raid" - Hits a target, Soka wins (1st)/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 4 IC: "Leap of Faith" - Works puzzle with Heidi, Soka wins (1st)/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 5 IC: "EOC" - Works the table maze with Danny, Soka doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 6 RC/IC: "No Quarter" - With Carson, works puzzle for winning team.


Ep7 IC

Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 60%)

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 7 IC: "Audio Slave" - Third out for purple team, on narrowest part of beam (3rd/5).


Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

  • Survivor 44: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 5
2nd place: 2
Played: 8
Win%: 0.75
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 1
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 60%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Matt Blankinship - Tribal Council record
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Ep7 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 1: Loses two votes at the journey (Day 2).
  • Survivor 44, Ep. 3: Finds the key/fake idol combo that Danny planted (Day 6).


VFB - Votes for the person booted (0/1*):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep3 -* Claire Rafson (voted out, 4-0) -
Ep6 -* Josh Wilder (voted out, 7-3-1) -
Ep7 Yam Yam Matt Blankinship (voted out, 3-2) -

*Matt was present for, but unable to vote at the Ep3 and Ep6 Tribals, thanks to the Ep1 journey


VAP - Votes against (3):

  • Survivor 44, Ep. 7: Three votes, from Brandon, Jaime, and Yam Yam (voted out, 3-2).


Jury votes made (1/1):

Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 0
Tribals: 1*
VAP: 3
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --
Matt Blankinship - Pictures
Survivor 44 logo  Survivor 44 image gallery
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    Pre-season video shot
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    On the boat, Day 1
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    Greeting Probst
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    Working the puzzle, Ep1 RC
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    Soka wins!
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    Talking about Frannie, Ep2
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    Revealing secrets
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    Watching Josh handle the snake maze, Ep2 RC/IC
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    More Frankinship-ing, Ep3
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    Got the key, found a (fake) idol
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    Did you, though?
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    The officially sanctioned Soka fake idol coin
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    Getting strong-armed by Danny into admitting it publicly
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 IC
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    Working the puzzle with Frannie, not winning
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    The losing Sokas
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    Sure would be nice to have a vote right now
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    Soka, Ep3 Tribal
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    Listening to Frannie
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 RC/IC
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    Soka breathing, Ep5
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    Being vague with Jaime
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    Working the table maze with Danny, Ep5 IC
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    Mergatory time, Ep6
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    The big group talking
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    Helping people up, Ep6 RC/IC
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    Purple team wins!
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    Half-merge feasting
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep6 Tribal
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    Listening to Heidi
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    Brandon explains the birdcage, Ep7
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    You don't say?
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    Planning to blindside Danny
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    Still going, Ep7 IC
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    At an empty camp, losing team
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    I'm outnumbered by Ratus and I don't have my bag
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    Losing team, Ep7 Tribal
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    Can I trade you a papaya for us all going back to camp?
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    First member of our jury ...
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    Snuffed, Day 14 (Episode 7)
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    With the jury, Final Tribal
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    Finalists + jury, aftershow
Matt Blankinship - Interviews
Survivor 44 logo  Survivor 44 interviews

Pre-game interviews

  • Mike Bloom at (2/6/23): "Matt Blankinship Is Fighting His Urge to Give the People What they Want"
  • Rob Cesternino & Mike Bloom at RHAP (2/6/23): "Survivor 44 | Soka Tribe Castaway Preview"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (4/13/23): "Matt Blankinship reveals current status of Survivor romance with Frannie"
  • Mike Bloom at (4/13/23): "Matt Blankinship Reveals He and Frannie are Dating"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (4/13/23): "Survivor 44 | Exit Interview with the First Juror - Ep7"
Matt Blankinship - Bio
Survivor 44  logo  Survivor 44 bio

Official CBS Survivor 44 bio excerpts (January 31, 2023), via Mike Bloom at

"3 Words to Describe You: Joyful, empathetic, persistent

Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? Ten years ago (wow!), I told everyone that would listen I was made for SURVIVOR. When it came to applying though, I chickened out. Now I want to close the loop on this unfinished business and I’m excited for the opportunity!

What’s one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? Honestly? Failing at stuff. Failing to get a job, into college, into SURVIVOR (the first time). In all those cases, I had to pick myself up and try again, and I think the best Survivors are defined by how they respond to setbacks.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? I aspire to combine the listening and consensus-building strengths of Yul with some goofiness and youthful energy, a la Maryanne.

Favorite Hobbies: Taiko, music, running

Pet Peeves: People who interrupt other people

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Running a marathon. No other time in my life has so much time, sweat, and willpower coalesced into one awesome event. At least...not yet.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? Not a fan of peanut butter.

Why will you be the Sole Survivor? I’ve got the 1-2 punch of a goofy grin and a strategic brrain, with an ultra-competitive hot streak. I’ll be the last one standing."

"Meet Matt" tweet/video (2/9/23):