'Big Brother' Renewed by CBS for Summer 2013

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September 19th, 2012

via press release:


CBS Gives Early Pick-Up to Hit Summer Series

Special 90-Minute Finale to be Broadcast Tonight, 9:30-11:00 PM, Following the Premiere of “Survivor: Philippines”


BIG BROTHER, the summer reality hit, has been renewed for its 15th edition, to be broadcast next summer on the CBS Television Network.


Since premiering on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer's top-rated series in young demographics. This summer's edition is averaging 6.79 million viewers, 2.5/08 in adults 18-49, 3.0/08 in adults 25-54 and 1.7/06 in adults 18-34.


BIG BROTHER spans all platforms, from on-air to online and on cable. Online, BIG BROTHER content, including full length episodes and highlight clips, are available at CBS.com and across the CBS Audience Network. Additionally, CBS and RealNetworks provide 24/7 streaming video from inside the Big Brother house. On cable, viewers can continue their live look inside the Big Brother house with BIG BROTHER: AFTER DARK on Showtime 2.


On social media websites, BIG BROTHER is one of television's most socially engaged series. This year on Twitter, BIG BROTHER has had five times the average number of tweets per episode (according to BlueFin Labs) compared to last season.


The special 90-minute finale of this summer's edition of BIG BROTHER, when Dan, Danielle and Ian will compete for the $500,000 prize, will be broadcast tonight (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) following the premiere of SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES.


BIG BROTHER, hosted by Julie Chen, follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with more than 52 cameras and 95 microphones recording their every move, 24 hours a day. Each week, the Houseguests vote someone out of the house. The last remaining Houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.


BIG BROTHER is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol U.S.A.

  • MattM

    This show will not die.

  • Greg

    It’s not like CBS has anything better to air on summers, so Big Brother should live a looooooooooooong life.

  • brad

    Sorry people but if I was hired as President of CBS Entertainment and replaced Les Moonves, then Big Brother would be one of the FIRST shows I send to the T.V. Show Graveyard. It looks cheap, is completely ridiculous compared to other reality shows and has declined a great deal in the ratings. It had 8 million viewers last summer and now this summer it dropped to 6.79 million. It’s not even in HD. High-Definition has spoiled me. I almost can’t watch a show now if it isn’t in HD. When you watch a HD program and a non-HD program, you can really tell the difference! HD is sooo much brighter, sharp, lavish, clearer picture and better sound. Sorry CBS but please let this be the last season of this show. It really is time for this show to be put to rest.

  • joel

    Somebody must be sleeping with the head of CBS.

  • Scott

    Sorry guys. Big Brother is awesome and has a very large fanbase. Very happy for the renewal

  • bluejoni

    Well @Brad we never have to worry about you becoming the head of CBS thank goodness !! BB has a very loyal solid fan base that can be counted on to tune in every summer !!! I LOVE the show it’s addictive so sorry for you not being able to see that !!

  • JC

    I dont know why anyone would complain over it. It is a summer airing that doesnt get in the way of anything.

    If CBS suddenly decided to air it instead of NCIS or Big Bang then I can see people complaining.

  • Christian

    Now can CBS really make my day and fire Grodner? This show will never improve as long as Grodner is running the show. She sucks!

  • Razer

    If Grodner and company are still in charge, the cycle of nonsense will continue- we’ve seen the same season 7 times now. I love BB, but there’s a point where it should either die or be fixed. And we hit that point a couple weeks into BB12. Arguably earlier.

  • joethehobo

    Big Brother is the greatest reality show of all time. So excited to hear this news! I second @Aedan here, and am hoping for EITHER All Stars 2 or a completely new cast.

    @Brad, why all of the hate? Does it make you feel more entitled when you rain on our parade? Big Brother airs in the summer, so it’s not like its existence means another one of your shows gets canceled. Since it airs three times a week only during the summer, Big Brother is more of an event than just a tv show for Big Brother fans. Why is it so important to you that it stops? You seem to have quite an opinion about the warrant of Big Brother still being on, so may I ask what you suggest CBS does with those three hours of primetime a week? Even you must have noticed how most, if not all of the new shows networks launched over the summer completely tanked. I apologize for asking you to actually give a suggestion with facts and merit instead of just complaining, which you seem to think brings some weight to your argument. Big Brother has one of the most loyal fan bases of all the television shows around today. And your claim that Big Brother is on the decline due to their ratings this year makes you sound like an idiot when you forget to mention the fact that um, THE OLYMPICS were this year. In fact, check the comments over the summer, many people were commenting how surprised they were that Big Brother managed to retain its viewership as well as it did. Big Brother has consistently been either the number one or number two program of the night three times a week for the whole summer. So I guess what I’m really trying to say is, Big Brother looks pretty powerful to me and definitely deserves the renewal… What site are you getting your information from?

  • Razer

    @joethehobo – Be real. We’ve seen 11 returning players over the past four seasons. It’s time for a brand new cast, at the very least.

  • Survivor Fan

    No news here, they renew it the SAME NIGHT every year! Anyway, I am excited for a great night of strategic Reality TV, with the premiere of Survivor and the finale of Big Brother.

  • Christian

    @joethehobo Big Brother was way down even before the olympics. I like the show but let’s not make excuses. Plus, Big Brother is such a cheap, cheesy reality that show that it really shouldn’t be treated as “event tv,” as you referred to it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the show, but let’s not get carried away.

    @Razer I agree with you. What I don’t get is that BB bucked the trend of most long-standing shows and was actually increasing their ratings each year from season 10-13 so I don’t get why Grodner felt the need to keep bringing old faces back. I could understand if it was a desperate move to bring old fans back but the ratings were great, even for the boring ass season 12. I really do hope it’s a brand new cast and no stupid twists. Season 10 is one of my favorite seasons because there was no gimmick, no annoying veterans, just interesting people playing the game!

  • The End

    This show, along with The Amazing Race will be around for the next hundred plus years. I have no doubt that as long as CBS exists these 2 shows will be around forever. They’l be over 200 seasons of this show by the time the year 2112 comes around, same with Amazing Race. Though I wonder who could take over Phil Keoghan when he eventually retires from hosting.

  • Mumbo

    Enough happens in a week of Big Brother without all the twists, and Season 10 proved that.

    No twists, fire Grodner, PUT IN HD CAMERAS FOR GOD’S SAKE, and all fixed!

  • Mark

    What are people talking about? Big Brother does great ratings for the summer! Hopefully this next season is either a back to basics season like 10 or another all stars. But no more mixing old and new!!!!

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  • Nick

    It’s ratings are down because of the Olympics. I see that people are trying to argue that ratings were down before the Olympics, but every season of Big Brother has a trend of starting low and building until the finale. BB premiered well, was doing pretty normal numbers, but never got a chance to grow because of the Olympics. The very same thing happened in season 10 – in fact, this season’s ratings are almost identical to season 10’s. Don’t worry – I’m sure the next 3 seasons will do better.

    Also here for no more gimmicks. Although I love Dan and I’m rooting for him to win tonight, there’s gotta be a completely fresh cast. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a real star in this new cast. Not a single newcomer deserved to win, which was the main problem.

  • Nick

    Oh, what a surprise.

  • joethehobo


    Yes…. I already agreed to that.

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