BB11 had more viewers than last year, same among 18-49; Julie Chen interviews Natalie

Big Brother 11 ended its season with higher ratings than the 10th season drew last summer, but was still below the previous summer season. Tuesday’s drawn-out finale had a few more viewers than last summer’s, as it was watched by 7.9 million people, up slightly from the 7.58 million who watched last year.

Overall, the season had more viewers than last summer, as it “was up +7% in viewers (7.15m from 6.68m), +5% in adults 18-34 (2.0/07 from 1/9/06). +3% in adults 25-54 (3.1/08 from 3.0/08) and even in adults 18-49 (2.5/08),” according to a CBS press release.

While the finale didn’t leave much time for insightful discussion, CBS has posted a 10-minute interview with the finalists that mostly focuses on Natalie. Like her awesome interview with Braden, Julie Chen gets much closer to the Probstian model here, although Natalie is not quite held accountable.

Natalie did get a strong response when talking about her reaction to Jessie’s eviction, because she lied and said her reaction then was fake: “Maybe I need to start crying to blend in with them [Lydia].” When the audience reacted, Natalie said, in disbelief, “is it not true?” Like most things you say, no.

Julie Chen also told Natalie that her meeting with her boyfriend and his proposal “was a little bit of an awkward moment” and “looked weird.” Natalie actually had a good response, saying, “I felt so completely rude and off-base” because “I didn’t know how to react … I was speechless … it was a shock.”

Here’s the extended interview:

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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