Australia’s Big Brother cancelled

After nine seasons, including one celebrity season, Australia’s Channel 10 has cancelled Big Brother.

The show will conclude a week from today with the final episode of the eighth regular season. Variety reports that its ratings “fell from a high of 2.4 million to less than a million this eighth season.”

The show’s producer told the Sydney Morning Herald that it “is still a very commercially viable property,” and suggested that it’d be back on another network “in the near future.”

In a statement, Channel 10’s president said, “‘Big Brother’ is the undisputed granddaddy of modern, commercial reality television in Australia. Today’s reality dramas have all, on some level, been inspired by ‘Big Brother.’ … The show has taken on topics of race, sex, homosexuality, eating disorders and alcohol abuse, many of which had been handled gingerly, if at all, on TV.”

Oz’s Ten forecloses on ‘Big Brother’ [Variety]
Endemol confident despite Big Brother eviction [Sydney Morning Herald]

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