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'Survivor' winner: Revenge of the nerd

'Survivor' winner: Revenge of the nerd
'Survivor' winner: Revenge of the nerd
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It was reported on May 12, 2013, that "Survivor" winner John Cochran was crowned and won the one million dollar prize. According to the San Jose Mercury News the sole survivor Cochran was a "nerd" who "defied odds".

Cochran was declared the winner of "Survivor: Caramoan" on Sunday during a live reunion show in Los Angeles. The bespectacled Harvard law School nerd proved his worth and came home with the top award. Wearing an open-collared shirt and tie with a vest the returning fan favorite won with a final tribal council vote of 8-0-0.

Cochran was originally on "Survivor: South Pacific", the 23rd season of the long-running program. Dawn Meehan, also from season 23, was a runner-up. Malcolm Freberg was awarded the $100,000 Sprint player of the season prize.

According to Variety "Survivor" ratings dominated their time slot Sunday night. The 26th season finale came in with 10.0 million viewers in a 2-hour special just behind last springs "Survivor: One World" which registered 10.3 million.

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