Big Brother’s finale ratings beat the Olympics.

Big Brother’s finale ratings beat the Olympics.
The ratings are in, and Big Brother‘s finale beat NBC’s Olympics coverage on Friday night. But as reports, “that had more to do with a stunning Friday collapse by the Olympics than any real surge for CBS’s reality series.”
+ plus: Fans petitioning the CBS over short finale; they want a reunion show.
+ also: “[Y]ou know a show’s got problems when even its fans…realize [the show] stinks.”

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