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.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.