Big Brother 3 beats American Idol.

Big Brother 3 beats American Idol.
The premiere of Big Brother 3 was up against the episode of American Idol that found the judges selecting the wildcard finalist. But that wasn’t enough to keep the FOX show on top; 200,000 more viewers tuned in to the first Big Brother 3 episode. While the shows tied in the number of viewers under 50, American Idol won the hour in both teenage viewers and among adults 18 to 34. From now on, only the second half-hour of the Wednesday Big Brother 3 will be up against American Idol; this week’s hour-long Wednesday airing was because FOX preempted the show for the all-star game. In that second half-hour this week, FOX won in both adults 18 to 49 and in total viewers.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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