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]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.