Ben Katzman - Survivor 46

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 26 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1

  • Survivor 46 (2024) - 3rd place, zero jury votes.
  • Received no jury votes to finish in 3rd place in Episode 13, "Friends Going to War" (Day 26).

Ben Katzman on social media: twitter | Instagram

Ben Katzman - 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 46 1.68 11.12 0.15 6 4 8 0.74 2.63 0 8 0.00 0.89 4.31
Career 1.68 11.12 0.15 6 4 8 0.74 2.63 0 8 0.00 0.89 4.31


Ben Katzman - 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.


Ben Katzman - Challenge record
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Arch Madness - Ep2 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (1-for-9; 5 2nds; 2 sit-outs):

  • Survivor 46 Ep. 1 RC: "Tiers of Heaven" - Hauls pieces, works puzzle, and Siga doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 1 IC: "Lizard King" - Hauls gecko, watches puzzle, Siga doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 2 IC: "Arch Madness" - Digs, hauls, holds up pieces, and Siga doesn't lose, again (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Crosses obstacles, Siga doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 4 RC: "Wear My Ring" - Sits out, as Siga finally loses.
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 4 IC: "The Deep" - Grabs buoys, and Siga doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Knock One Back" - Sits out, as Siga loses.
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Super Ramp" - Part of the purple winning team.
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 9 team RC: "Stage Fright" - With Kenzie and Tiffany, the losing team, out in the first stage.


Splash Into Me - Ep12 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-9): (Mean % finish: 48.2%)

  • Survivor 46 Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Bermuda Triangle" - Second out for the losing orange team (5th/6).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 8 IC: "Get a Grip" - Fourth person to drop out, fairly quickly (7th/10).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 10 RC: "Running on Empty" - Tosses several times, does not win (tie-2nd/8).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 10 IC: "Wrist Assured" - Second out, in under 6 minutes (6th/7).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 11 RC/IC: "Scramble On" - Places one ball, but does not win (tie-2nd/7).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 12 RC: "Master of Puppets" - Last to the table maze, does not win (tie-2nd/6).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 12 IC: "Splash Into Me" - Early leader on the puzzle, but falls short (2nd/6).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 13 F5 IC: "Fifth Element" - Reaches the puzzle, does not win (tie-3rd/5).
  • Survivor 46 Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Plinko Puzzle" - Slow and steady, and Ben wins! (1st/4).


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

  • Survivor 46: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 1
2nd place: 5
Played: 9
Win%: 0.39
Sat out: 2
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 9
Win%: 0.11
Mean % Finish: 48.2%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean % Finish: -
Ben Katzman - Tribal Council record
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Ep11 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Survivor 46: None yet.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (6/8*):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep5 - * Jem Hussain-Adams (voted out, 4-2) -
Ep6 Moriah Moriah Gaynor (voted out, 10-1) Yes
Ep7 Hunter Tim Spicer (voted out, 4-2) -
Ep8 Tevin Tevin Davis (voted out, 8-2) Yes
Ep9 Hunter Hunter McKnight (voted out, 4-4-1 [6-1]) Yes
Ep10 Tiffany Tiffany Ervin (voted out, 5-3) Yes
Ep11 Kenzie Venus Vafa (voted out, 5-1-1) -
Ep12 Q Q Burdette (voted out, 4-2) Yes
Ep13 Maria Maria Shrime Gonzalez (voted out, 4-1) Yes

*Ben lost his vote on the Ep3 journey, and was present at the Ep5 Tribal but unable to vote. No TCA charged.


VAP - Votes against (4):

  • Survivor 46, Ep. 5: Two votes, from Jem and Moriah.
  • Survivor 46, Ep. 9: One vote, from Q.
  • Survivor 46, Ep. 13: One vote, from Maria.


Jury votes received (0/8):

  • Survivor 46, Ep. 13: Received zero jury votes, to finish in 3rd place, 5-3-0.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 6
Tribals: 8*
VAP: 4
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: -
Received: 0
Total jurors: 8
Ben Katzman - Pictures
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    Survivor 46 intro shot
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    CBS pre-game interview shot
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    Application video shot
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    Greeting Probst, Day 1
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    Starting line, Ep1 RC
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    Siga, still in it
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    Siga doesn't lose!
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    Siga chooses its Savvy participants
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    Not getting it, with Charlie
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    This task did not rock
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    Listening to Maria's journey story
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    Hauling the lizard, Ep1 IC
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    Siga takes second!
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    Siga makes fire, finally
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    Surprised to be so emotional about it
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    The Great Song-Naming Showdown of 2024, advantage: Charlie
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    Arch Madness-ing, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Siga doesn't lose
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 RC/IC
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    Siga takes second (again)
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    On the Ep3 journey with Bhanu and Liz
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    This does not rock
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    All is not lost, however
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    Siga digs a hole, Ep4
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    Siga trailing, Ep4 IC
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep5 RC/IC
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    The losing Sigas, Ep5 Tribal
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    Talking to Probst
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    Three tribes, one shelter, Ep6
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    Teams drawn, Ep6 RC/IC
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    Working a puzzle section with Kenzie
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    Purple team wins, gets merge buffs
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    Half-merge feasting
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    Happy to be immune
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep6 Tribal
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    Night terrors, Ep7
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    Appreciating Kenzie's help
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    Starting line, Ep7 RC/IC
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    Losing orange team, Ep7 Tribal
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    Getting a Grip, Ep8 IC
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    Nuinui, Ep8 Tribal
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    Listening to Tiffany
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    Waiting to balance beam, Ep9 RC/IC
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    Siga three, running things
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    Nuinui, Ep9 Tribal
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    Trying to land a sandbag, Ep10 RC
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    Holding up weight, Ep10 IC
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    Nuinui, Ep10 Tribal
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    Snake mazing, Ep11 RC/IC
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    Pizza reward feasting, thanks to Maria
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    Listening to Charlie, Ep11 Tribal
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    On the course, Ep12 RC
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    Working the table maze
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep12 IC
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    Racing Maria on the puzzle
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    Nuinui, Ep12 Tribal
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    Listening to Charlie
Ben Katzman - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Mike Bloom at RHAP (2/9/24): "Ben Katzman | Survivor 46 Pre-Season Interview" (YouTube)
  • Mike Bloom at (2/9/24): "Musician Ben Katzman Will Be Perceived as a 'Cartoon Character'"


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at (5/23/24): "Ben Katzman says the Survivor jury 'didn't want to hear anything I had to say'"
  • Mike Bloom at (5/23/24): "Survivor 46 Finalist Ben Katzman Reveals Who He Would Have Voted for in a Tie Jury Vote"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/23/24): "Survivor 46 | Finale Exit Interviews with the Final Five"
Ben Katzman - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 46 bio excerpts, as published by Dalton Ross at (February 5, 2024):

"Name three of your favorite hobbies: Playing guitar, doodling, chilling hard at the beach

List three adjectives that best describe yourself: Motivated, energized, passionate

How would your friends describe you? An emotional and passionate person who’s living for a good time and a real time.

What risks have you taken in your life, to make a change for the better, even if the outcome wasn’t planned? I quit running my independent record label at 25 just as success was starting to come. Bands I produced were in big festivals, magazines, touring the world, but I didn’t like who I’d become. After hustling for years, living out of my suitcase, and chasing dreams with no money to my name, I became a person more concerned with status and appearance than someone who loved what I did. I risked quitting my newfound success to be happy and fall in love with life again.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Being alive today and being able to share my journey with my family and students. Pursuing the arts can be grim, but it is doable and you have to have a good head on your shoulders. Getting to teach students how to express themselves and see them come into their own personality based around art.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? People assume I’m a laid-back rocker/surfer dude, but I think I’m more emotionally intelligent than most people give me credit for. I can read a room and find awareness in most situations while still carrying on being my regular, goofy, fun-loving self.

What past Survivor would you play the game most like? Nick Wilson or Cody Assenmacher."