Big Brother 9 debut is third in its timeslot, but stays consistent with summer viewers

The debut of Big Brother 9 was watched by by 7.3 million viewers, making it third in its timeslot.

Of course, it was up against American Idol 7, which was watched by 29.9 million viewers, and The Biggest Loser 5, which barely beat the CBS reality show with 7.5 million viewers. Overall, Big Brother “was about the same in the ratings as its summer premiere,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show has apparently found its audience, as ratings continued to slide but have now stayed at last summer’s levels.

Last night was, of course, highly competitive. It was the first night I can ever remember when I wanted to watch six separate shows at the exact same time: American Idol, The Biggest Loser, and Big Brother all aired during the 9 p.m. hour, and so did BBC America’s Last Restaurant Standing, HBO’s In Treatment, and ABC’s Carpoolers.

Tonight there’s another face-off, but at 8 p.m. ET: Idol, Big Brother, and Top Model all air at the same time, as does Deal or No Deal. Someone’s going to have to start making DVRs with a half-dozen tuners, not two, or someone’s going to have to stop scheduling similar shows against each other.

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