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]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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