CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Back on Familiar Schedule Turf

Big Brother host Julie Chen

The Eye swaps Tuesday for Thursday, with the eviction show returning to its traditional slot

With “Big Brother” off to a sluggish start at the outset of its 15th edition, CBS is tweaking the show’s thrice-weekly schedule format.

The voyeuristic reality show, which had been scheduled to air into September on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, will shift to Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays beginning next week. This will put the live eviction show on the more familiar night of Thursday, where it has resided in recent years.

After tonight’s 9 o’clock episode of “Big Brother,” the first and ultimately only episode to air on a Tuesday this summer, CBS will shift to an all-repeat drama lineup of crimeshows that will air on the night in the fall (“NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Person of Interest”). “Person of Interest” had been airing both Tuesday at 10 and Thursday at 9 in the early going this summer, and now will be playing only on Tuesday.

One possible downside for CBS is that with “Big Brother” now on Thursday at 9, it won’t be able to warm up that hour with comedies heading into the fall — something it likely would have done to get viewers used to the idea of the net airing more comedies on the night. This fall, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” will be joined by two new half-hours (“The Millers” and “The Crazy Ones”) as part of a four-pack of comedies.

Through its first two episodes this summer, according to Nielsen, “Big Brother” was averaging a 2.05 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall — down 16% and 13%, respectively, from last year when the series began as usual in July.

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  1. jan messer says:

    What wrong with Judd tonight?

  2. booboo says:

    CBS should consider an audience vote for exiting BB participants. This might help to determing how the audience feels about BB participants.

  3. Sandy Alberi says:

    The ratings are lower because it’s up against shows like So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent that have already been on for a few weeks. I don’t know why stations put shows on at the same time to compete against other popular shows. People can only watch one thing at a time. Even with DVR’s, you can only record two shows. When they start later in the summer, some of these shows are over by then.

  4. jabbroni says:

    They really screwed this show up by putting it on TVGN.

  5. Mitch says:

    The reason for lower ratings are simple, CBS and the producers keep skimping on production. No HDTV, people, expect great looking HDTV. But BB is still in old NTSC, long in the tooth. Sorry CBS, viewers want it looking great.

  6. Chris says:

    They should switch After Dark back to Showtime as well!! Nobody watches TVGN!!! Nobody!!! I don’t even get that crap station!

    • jessy says:

      I really think that this show will continue further in the future as long as this show goes back to the way it was before, everyone loves this, i would love to go on this show and i really think things need to go back to what it was…

      Deff agree always watched show at nite because one of last shows like that….sucks that it changes so much just because of certain people for wrng reasons

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