Big Brother 10 ratings increase, beating Hole in the Wall, which is no Survivor killer

The 10th season of Big Brother concludes a week from tonight, and although this time of the season tends to get rather dry because there’s not much going on, the show’s ratings have been increasing.

Compared to the previous week, the number of viewers who watched each night grew by three percent on Tuesday, 10 percent on Thursday, and 26 percent on Sunday, CBS announced. Sunday’s episode was watched by 7.2 million viewers, a significant increase from the previous Sunday’s 5.7 million, and grew by 37 percent among adults 18 to 49 and 33% among adults 25 to 54.

It also beat Fox’s debut of Hole in the Wall, the new U.S. version of the Japanese game show, which was watched by 7 million viewers.

Speaking of that new show, about one minute of its 20 minutes of each of its first (watch it here) and second episodes were entertaining, because that’s all the time it spends on people try to jump through the styrofoam holes. Even then, the camera work and editing makes it hard to see what happened, so we need five or six replays. Otherwise, it’s all a waste of time that includes Brooke Burns shouting instead of hosting, and the announcer just saying variations of “it’s time to face the hole” over and over again.

ABC’s Wipeout is far more thrilling and watchable from end to end, and if Fox really thinks they’re going to kill off Survivor with this, they need to check their heads for holes.

As “Big Brother 10″ Nears its Finale, All Three Editions Post Significant Week-to-Week Increases [CBS]

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