Big Brother 9 rises on Sunday but falls to an all-time low against American Idol

CBS’ decision to schedule Big Brother 9 opposite American Idol is leading to the show being stomped to death in the ratings, and it’s lost so many viewers that it may have set a record low Tuesday night.

Last night, 5.4 million people watched, 1.9 million fewer than tuned into the debut a week earlier. That “looks to be the franchise’s lowest-rated [weeknight] episode to date,” Variety reports. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, it dropped 24 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Sunday, though, 6.7 million viewers watched. Big Brother was still third in its timeslot, losing to Extreme Makeover and American Gladiators. In other words, the show isn’t doing all that bad, but putting it against the number-one show in the country squeezes out any life it had in it. Sort of like the houseguests do to us.

‘Idol’ rolls, ‘Loser’ up [Variety]
Fox dominates, ‘Jericho’ ratings decline [Hollywood Reporter]

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