Big Brother 22 will air next summer, CBS announced today, an unsurprising renewal. Julie Chen Moonves is also returning to host.
The network has not yet renewed Celebrity Big Brother for season three, and made no mention of it in today’s release.
Julie Chen Moonves’ return is not necessarily surprising, considering she’s hosted since the start, though her contract ended with this season, and there was some question about her future at CBS after she quit as co-host of The Talk.
Big Brother’s host started using her full name on the air one year ago next week, after her husband, Les Moonves, was forced out of CBS after multiple women said he sexually harassed and assaulted them, and also damaged their careers.
Why CBS renewed Big Brother
Big Brother 22 will join Love Island season 2 on the schedule next summer, as CBS previously renewed it. Despite its relatively low ratings, Love Island managed to draw much younger and more valuable viewers than CBS typically gets.
CBS’ release about BB22 cited this season’s ratings, saying it “continues to be one of television’s top-rated summer series in young demographics,” adding that “the Thursday and Sunday episodes are tops in key demos among all broadcasts.”
Reading between the lines: the Wednesday episodes are not leading in the demo, because America’s Got Talent also airs on Wednesdays.
CBS also said that more people are watching episodes via streaming now: The show had “double-digit growth over last year in full episode streams across CBS digital platforms,” CBS said.
That said, while America’s Got Talent and Bachelor in Paradise are more highly rated overall (among viewers 18 to 49), and even American Ninja Warrior has more viewers, all three of Big Brother’s weekly episodes were still in the top 10 (among viewers 18 to 49) and in the top 20 (for total viewers) for the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.
That’s impressive, even if the actual television show is, at the very least, a disappointing waste of its potential, never mind its consistent sexism, racism, and general bigotry, which this season included contestants targeting people of color early this season to a producer asking a black woman to act and speak in more stereotypical ways.