Big Brother 13 started strong, with ratings that were higher than last summer’s debut, but while the show continues to win its timeslot during the slow summer months, about 1 million viewers have fled the show, perhaps to avoid hearing Rachel’s laugh. But the show easily beat Mark Burnett’s Expedition Impossible, which hit a series low in its ratings Thursday.
While 7.71 million viewers watched Big Brother‘s July 7 debut, an a 5 percent increase from last summer’s debut, only 6.73 million watched Cassi’s exit Thursday night, according to a CBS press release, which notes that “was the night’s top program in viewers and key demographics, posting across-the-board increases from last week.”
Again, though, the show keeps winning its timeslot, even though there isn’t much competition in the summer. While the show has a hard-core online audience, the broadcasts haven’t been all that engaging so far, even if Julie Chen did wear a cape and the producers let us listen to Rachel pee.
As to the ABC series, Expedition Impossible “fell another 7% to a series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating,” according to TV By the Numbers. Only 4.62 million people watched, and way down from its premiere, which had 7.05 million viewers. Although I was really, really excited about Expedition Impossible, and it is well-produced, it is also very boring. It might do several things better than The Amazing Race, but it’s missing whatever would make it truly compelling TV.