Big Brother 8 has its highest ratings yet

Estranged father and daughter Dick and Daniele’s victory over every other Big Brother 8 houseguest on Thursday night’s show resulted in the show’s highest ratings for the season.

With 8.89 million viewers, the show “delivered the largest audience of the summer on any night,” CBS said in a press release. The episode had the season’s “best delivery on any night in both households and viewers, and it “matches BIG BROTHER 8’s best delivery in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 on any night.”

Interestingly, while CBS will air an hour-long episode tonight, CBS called Thursday’s episode the “penultimate edition,” meaning that even the network is writing off tonight’s show, which competes against the Emmys on FOX.

The Penultimate Edition of “Big Brother 8″ Delivers the Largest Audience of the Summer [CBS press release]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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