Big Brother 10’s debut down from the spring and is the series’ lowest-rated debut ever

The first episode of Big Brother 10 was watched by 6.3 million viewers, down just over one million from the 7.4 million who watched last summer’s eighth-season debut.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the show was down about the same amount from last spring’s misguided season, when 7.3 million viewers tuned in to the first episode. Both of the past two seasons, however, debuted on Tuesdays, so perhaps one million people didn’t flee the show, and they’ll find it tonight.

While this was “the lowest-rated season premiere for the show,” it still “[won] the 8 o’clock hour” and had “a roughly 50% demo improvement in the timeslot for CBS vs. last week’s ‘Million Dollar Password,'” Variety reports. That, at least, is good news for CBS.

Slow Sunday for broadcasters [Variety]

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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