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]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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