Last year, although the Nielsen ratings for the Big Brother TV show dropped off significantly, it wasn’t cancelled by CBS. Now that it is back for a 21st season, can they woo back some of the wandering audience? Will Big Brother be cancelled or renewed for season 22? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A competitive reality TV series, hosted by Julie Chen Moonves, Big Brother typically airs on CBS three nights a week — Wednesdays (veto), Thursdays (eviction), and Sundays. In the 21st season, the new contestants are: Holly Allen, David Alexander, Nicole Anthony, Tommy Bracco, Kathryn Dunn, Kemi Faknule, and Cliff Hogg III. 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. These charts will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
9/26 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
For comparisons: The 20th season of Big Brother averaged a 1.51 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.466 million viewers for vetoes on Wednesdays; a 1.49 and 5.335 million respectively, during eviction episodes on Thursdays; and a 1.48 and 5.435 million respectively, on Sundays.
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 22nd season?
*9/5/19 update: CBS has renewed Big Brother for season 22 for Summer 2020.