Last summer, fans didn’t have to worry whether CBS might cancel or renew its Big Brother TV show, because it was already renewed before the premiere. This time around, there are no such reassurances. Still, since the reality TV series has long been a Nielsen ratings winner, cancellation isn’t a big concern. We’re keeping an eye on the ratings though, because it helps us measure the success of other Tiffany Network shows, and one day, Big Brother will fail to captivate viewers, so stay tuned. *Status update below.
A competitive reality TV series, hosted by Julie Chen, Big Brother typically airs on CBS three nights a week — Wednesdays (veto), Thursdays (eviction), and Sundays. In the 20th season, the new contestants are: Steve Arienta, Sam Bledsoe, Haleigh Broucher, Kaycee Clark, Tyler Crispen, Bayleigh Dayton, Kaitlyn Herman, Winston Hines, Angel “Rockstar” Lantry, JC Monduix, Brett Robinson, Angela Rummans, Scottie Salton, Faysal Shafaat, Rachel Swindler, and Chris “Swaggy C” Williams.
Big Brother follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 94 HD cameras and 113 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week someone is voted out of the house. The last remaining Houseguest wins the grand prize of $500,000.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
9/21 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The 19th season of Big Brother averaged a 1.69 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.088 million viewers on Sundays, a 1.82 in the demo and 5.999 million viewers during eviction episodes (Thursdays), and a 1.89 and 6.333 million, respectively, during veto episodes (Wednesdays).
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you still like the Big Brother TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 21st season?
*5/20/19 update: CBS has confirmed that Big Brother has been renewed for a 21st season.
if they are going to cast like season 20, I hope it gets cancelled. first season i couldn’t finish. racists tyler, jc, and mouse voice girl, the 3 boring clone girls, 2 clone guys, it was just so boring and awful. my favorite show, no longer my fave show, sad.
with endomel shine finalizing it s sale its hard to say what will happen to big brother
O guess you won’t address the black people getting voted early in the show and you probably delete this too
How can they change that? It’s the houses choice not the TV shows choice.
We watched BB from season 1 on. This season is boring and JC should have been removed by production. His behavior should not be tolerated.
For those who watch BB its an institution and we don’t want to see it go. Last year we got to experience the new Celebrity BB and that was fun as well but….there is something fascinating about watching a group of everyday individuals enter the house and play the game. Big fan….if this show is cancelled, it would leave a void that some other network would be happy to fill. CBS….hope you are smart and keep this going.
This show has been pure gold ever since Will Kirby and Mike Boogie hit the screen.
I have been watching big brother since it started , it has been a big part of mine and my families regime to watch all nights it’s on and have dinner parties to watch this show …….it’s exciteg to see all the new people each year . I just don’t k ow what to say but don’t cancel this show , it has been a part of my life for 20 years and more exciting g to see people who have met on this show got married having kids getting engaged…..all of this because of big brother, you would be… Read more »
I’ve been watching Big Brother since season 1. I have looked forward to it each summer. However I am not enjoying this season, season 20 at all. It seems very fake this year. All the crocodile tears for example. The sides formed way to quickly. My feeling is that this might be the last season. It’s too bad! It was once such a great show. I loved reality TV in general, but I have a feeling it’s coming to an end.
Please continue both Big brother and Big brother Celebrity edition! We love this season! We enjoy all the new things you have brought to the show as well.
It’s garbage, as are all shows of this genre. It’s phony as a Ford Corvette. NO ONE acts naturally, knowing their every move is being recorded. The sooner it’s gone, the better. I’d sooner watch Emergency Broadcast System checks than this crap.
Then why are you watching it, and why are you making bad comments for people who enjoy the show?
This show and other reality shows are a waste of time. If you want reality TV, open your eyes and check out life around you. It’s better than any of the ‘reality’ TV puts on since it is so fake.
it not garbage this is how cbs makes money to have good tv shows and bb is one of them
Please continue Big Brother. It is comic relief and a study in human nature that lightens up summer. Julie Chen is superb as hostess and every day people capture the audience’s attention for a few hours each week in the summer. Thanks for continuing it for 20 seasons!