Mike Gabler - Survivor 43

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 26 | Wins: 1

  • Survivor 43 (2022) - Winner, 7-1-0
  • Received seven jury votes to win (7-1-0), in Episode 13, "Snap Some Necks and Cash Some Checks" (Day 26).

Mike Gabler on social media: twitter | Instagram

Mike Gabler - 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 43 1.69 10.98 0.15 8 0 9 0.89 6.22 7 8 0.88 1.92 13.16
Career 1.69 10.98 0.15 8 0 9 0.89 6.22 7 8 0.88 1.92 13.16


Mike Gabler - 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.


Mike Gabler - Challenge record
Survivor 43 logo  Survivor 43 challenges

Freedom of Choice - Ep1 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-9; 1 2nd; 1 sit-out):

  • Survivor 43, Ep.1 RC: "Crate Wide Open" - Hauls the boat with Elie; Baka loses.
  • Survivor 43, Ep.1 IC: "Freedom of Choice" - Works table maze, Baka loses again (3rd/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Hauls the snake, Baka wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.3 RC/IC: "Turtle Head" - Retrieves a buoy/key, Baka wins (1st/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.4 RC: "Walk Around" - Sandbag tosser; Baka is one of two losing tribes.
  • Survivor 43, Ep.4 IC: "Brain Stew" - Crosses obstacles, and Baka doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.5 RC/IC: "EOC" - Sits out, as Baka doesn't lose (2nd/3).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.6 RC/IC: "No Quarter" - Part of the winning team.
  • Survivor 43, Ep.12 RC: "Roll With It" - Blindfolded, pushes ball, works maze for the losing team.


Eve 6 - Ep7 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-9): (Mean % finish: 51.8%)

  • Survivor 43, Ep.7 IC: "Eve 6" - Holds on for 38 min., and Gabler wins (1st/12).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.8 IC: "Over Extended" - Third out, at four pieces (4th/6).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.9 RC/IC: "Crocodile Rock" - Third out on red team (3rd/5).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.10 RC: "Put a Ring On It" - One of seven tossing sandbags when Noelle wins (tie-2nd/8).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.10 IC: "Teeter Tower" - One of seven to not reach the height limit (tie-2nd/8).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.11 IC: "Last Gasp" - First person to drop out (7th/7).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.12 IC: "Battle of Evermore" - Finishes seconds after Cassidy wins (2nd/6).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.13 F5 IC: "Draw the Line" - One of four working the puzzle as Owen wins (tie-2nd/5).
  • Survivor 43, Ep.13 F4 IC: "Operation Balance Build" - One of three stacking bowls as Cassidy wins (tie-2nd/4).


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

  • Survivor 43 : None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 3
2nd place: 1
Played: 9
Win%: 0.39
Sat out: 1
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 9
Win%: 0.11
Mean % Finish: 51.8%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean % Finish: --
Mike Gabler - Tribal Council record
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Final Tribal Council

Idols held/played (1/0):

  • Survivor 43, Ep. 1: Risks vote, wins a two-Tribal idol at Ep1 dilemma (Day 2).
  • Survivor 43, Ep. 6: Idol expires after the merge vote, without being played (Day 13).


VFB - Votes for the person booted (8/9):

Tribal Voted Boot (totals) VFB?
Ep1 Morriah Morriah Young (voted out, 5-1) Yes
Ep6 Elie Elie Scott (voted out, 7-2-1-1) Yes
Ep7 Ryan Dwight Moore (voted out, 7-3-2) -
Ep8 Jeanine Jeanine Zheng (voted out, 9-2) Yes
Ep9 Ryan Ryan Medrano (voted out, 4-1) Yes
Ep10 Noelle Noelle Lambert (voted out, 5-2-1) Yes
Ep11 Sami Sami Layadi (voted out, 6-0) Yes
Ep12 Cody Cody Assenmacher (voted out, 6-0) Yes
Ep13 Karla Karla Cruz Godoy (voted out, 4-[0]) Yes


VAP - Votes against (0):

  • Survivor 43: None.


Jury votes received (7/8):

  • Survivor 43, Ep. 13: Received seven jury votes, from Jeanine Zheng, Ryan Medrano, Noelle Lambert, Sami Layadi, Cody Assenmacher, Karla Cruz Godoy, and Jesse Lopez, to win, 7-1-0.
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 1
Played: 0
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 8
Tribals: 9
VAP: --
Jury votes
Made: --
Received: 7
Total jurors: 8
Mike Gabler - Pictures
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    Pre-season interview shot
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    Boating in, Day 1
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    Greeting Probst
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    Watching Jeanine try to retrieve the flint, Ep1 RC
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    Talking about the tribe
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    Baka, about to solve the Savvy task
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    Baka meet-and-greet
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    Attending the Ep1 dilemma
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    Remembering the words
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    Working the table maze with Sami
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    The losing Bakas
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    Talked out of volunteering to be voted out by Elie
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    Baka, Ep1 Tribal
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    Watching the puzzle stage, Ep2 IC
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    Baka wins!
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    Sami warns Elie is trying to trick him into not playing his idol, Ep3
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    Vowing revenge
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    Baka wins! Ep3 IC
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    Being "helpful," Ep4
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    Baka trailing, Ep4 RC
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    Being helpful again, Ep4 IC
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    Learning Jeanine just got herself an idol with his help, Ep5
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    Sitting out, Ep5 IC
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    Sort-of merging, Ep6
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    Teams drawn, Ep6 IC
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    Watching the puzzle stage
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    Reward/not-merge feasti- ... Elie looked in my bag!
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    She did, though!
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    Talking to Elie
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    Baka tries to regroup
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    Not-merge tribe, Ep6 Tribal
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    Listening to Probst
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    Final stage, Ep7 IC
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    Gabler wins immunity!
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    Talking about working with veterans
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    Gaia, Ep7 Tribal
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    Starting line, Ep8 IC
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    Gaia, Ep8 Tribal
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    Starting line, Ep9 IC
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    Reward feasting
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    Plotting with Ryan
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    Ride-or-Die-ing with Cody
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    Red team, Ep9 Tribal
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    Trailing, Ep10 RC
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    Non-rewardee feasting back at camp
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    Stacking, Ep10 IC
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    Gaia, Ep10 Tribal
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    Not finding the advantage, Ep11
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    Last Gasp-ing, Ep11 IC
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    Gaia, Ep11 Tribal
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    Working the table maze, Ep12 RC
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    Probably talking about hiding in plain sight or something
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    Puzzling, Ep12 IC
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    Gaia, Ep12 Tribal
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    Reflecting on his game, Ep13
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    Final five!
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    Working on the word puzzle, F5 IC
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    Gaia, F5 Tribal
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    Stacking, F4 IC
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    No problem, Cassidy, I can make fire
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    Starting line, F4 fire
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    Gabler's in, Jesse's out
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    Morning 26 breakfast
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    Heading to final Tribal
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    Final three, ready to face the jury
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    Answering questions
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    Watching the vote reveal
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    The winner of Survivor 43...
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    Finalists and jury, Aftershow
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    Announcing he's giving his million away to veterans' charities
Mike Gabler - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews


Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (12/15/22): "Mike Gabler reacts to that shocking Survivor 43 finish"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade.com (12/15/22): "Mike Gabler Breaks Down his Surprise Win and Why He's Donating the Prize Money"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/15/22): "Survivor 43 | Final 5 Exit Interviews"
Mike Gabler - Bio
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Official CBS Survivor 43 bio excerpts (expected August, 2022):

(Still none as of 10/8/22. But available at EW.com)

"Favorite hobbies: Camping, hunting, fishing, skiing

3 words to describe you: Intense, energetic, fun

Pet peeve(s): Unfairness and men in skinny jeans!

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?  My family. It has not been easy. Life is busy; life is hard. But through hard work, dedication and love, we have stayed together, overcome obstacles and are strong!

What is something we would never know from looking at you? As social as I am, I enjoy time alone. I am also more sensitive than most think.

Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? If I can only pick one, then I'd say Sandra. She was always in the right place at the right time. She had phenomenal strategies and game play.

Why do you believe you can be the Sole Survivor? Yes!!"

CBS's "Meet Gabler" pre-game interview video tweet: