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06-27-2013, 09:11 AM
Maybe CBS should put the housemates under a dome.
Veteran summer reality series Big Brother tied its weakest start in the show’s history Wednesday night. The 8 p.m. launch of the show’s 15th edition had 6.3 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, down 19 percent from last year and matching the show’s all-time debut low from 2008. Meanwhile the grandly titled The American Baking Competition shifted to 9 p.m. and was unchanged this week with 5 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.
Big Brother (here’s our recap) tied the 8 p.m. edition of MasterChef in the adult demo, but the 9 p.m. hour of the Fox reality show surged to a 2.4 rating and won the night. The Big Brother dip follows CBS having a ratings victory earlier this week with the premiere of summer drama Under the Dome.

Oh dear...We're never not having return HGs again..

06-27-2013, 09:42 AM
See the problem here is that Production believes what you said to be true, when in actuality, most of the people who watch this show are looking for regular people and diversity. That's what makes this show, the social experiment of it all, not the Mactors. I mean hell, even Survivor and TAR are more diverse. Production on BB seem to think all we care about is whether these people are young and look good in a bathing suit, which might be true for 13 yr. old boys... and Sphinx. LMAO

06-27-2013, 09:49 AM
Yeah the social experiment is gone...This season might be the first time we've gotten no past HGs but it's also the biggest Mactor season yet. I think only four people in the house aren't mcators...

06-27-2013, 09:59 AM
Just look at some of the most memorable HGs ever who didn't fit into the stereotypical Big Brother model type- Casey, Marvin, Ian, Maggie, Bunky, Chicken George, Eric, Dick, Jerry, Jack, Kent, Amber, Jameka, Sheila, Renny, Ronnie, Enzo, Kathy, Lawon, and Joe.

06-27-2013, 10:15 AM
Agree and even Danielle (s3), Monica, Ivette... And hell even Dan wasn't someone who wanted to be an actor of something. The most memorable have always been the ones that aren't there for a showmance or fame.

06-27-2013, 10:27 AM
Yeah the fact that we've already have TWO showmances(nearly THREE) shows that these HGs aren't there to play a game.

Shiny Beige
06-27-2013, 10:33 AM
But why would they be there to play the game, Cappie? They were all (mostly) scouted and told how hot they are, and they believe it. They all know they are the breakout star and production revolves around them.

I despise all of them! On Day Two!!!

06-27-2013, 11:31 AM
There are only a few I can stand so far (and that's so far).... That's McCrae, Judd, Helen, Amanda and Spencer. Everyone else have so far annoyed me.

06-27-2013, 11:33 AM
You'd think after the BB9 mess, they'd know not to cast these types of people..

06-27-2013, 12:21 PM
You'd think after the BB9 mess, they'd know not to cast these types of people..

I was just saying today that BB9 was the start of the end...honestly these shallow trashy houseguests do NOTHING for this series. You'd think with the steady decline in the ratings someone somewhere would have been smart enough to get a clue.

06-27-2013, 12:28 PM
I wonder if the stain for the past few seasons hurt the ratings? Perhaps a lot of viewers thought big broer would bring back janelle again And stayed away. It could be a good season. Some super fun people on their! Hahaha. Minus Rachael's sister!

06-28-2013, 03:50 PM
I think a few things are going on here.

1) Unfortunately, the casual viewers love returning houseguests - well the ones that were given a great edit on TV. The hardcore ones obviously aren't on that train, but very many casual people are.

2) I agree with you all. The social experiment aspect is completely gone. You have 25% of the house actually there to play the game. 75% are either looking for a summer vacation away from bills or a chance to become "famous..." because oh so many have become "famous" from Big Brother. We have addicts, drug dealers, a gay porn star and a CBS Big Brother correspondent. Yep, lots of fame going on here.

With the social aspect gone, there are people like US who do not care. Honestly, I'm losing interest. I won't stop watching mostly because I have an addiction, but mostly to talk to you guys and know what the hell is going on. That and I help run the site. LMAO But there are others who just don't have that and give up on the show. If I wanted Bachelor Pad, I'd watch ABC.

Was The Glass House perfect? Definitely not. But what I LOVED LOVED LOVED about it was that it was a true social experiment - akin to BB of old. The majority are back to regular old lives and when they were in there, they weren't talking about their "fame." These idiots, if I understand correctly, are already doing so and they've only been in that damn house for a week.

06-28-2013, 03:57 PM
I know it's been the weakest premiere.. But they're not gonna cancel the show.i wish another producer would take over Grodner's ideas aren't "fresh" enough.

Apart from that I really love this cast because they're all crazy.. I'm having fun

06-28-2013, 04:00 PM
I think I agree with Wingz, I mostly still watch Big Brother to talk with you people.

I just can't quit you!

06-28-2013, 04:05 PM
It's not that they will cancel BB. I don't think they will either. It still is a good staple in the summer for CBS. I don't think this will do that.

I just fear what this will do to BB16, assuming CBS brings it back (which they should). Sadly the show is meant to cater to the casual viewer. Because there was no Jeff, Jordan, Rachel, ED (as much as I hate to say that), and others, fewer tuned in.

ALTHOUGH it could also very well be that the show premiered earlier than normal AND pre-season was so much more quiet this year than any other time I can remember. So...that might also be contributing factors.

Now, Sunday's episode might actually be delayed because of golf. It'd be interesting to see how that turns out.

Shiny Beige
06-28-2013, 06:38 PM
I agree, doc. I think most of these people were recruited because of their "hotness." They don't know there is no career from BB because they've never watched the show. The women think they can hook up with the hottest guy and rule the house for the summer as they all play games and get along ... a summer vacation with pay!

I would love to see a show comprised of hard core fans. Or a season of "never even heard of BB but I wanna' be a star" players.

I still despise all of them ... okay, I did smile at the blonde in the long-term serious relationship with the surfer she's known for a week now. It's going to be fun to see her "issues" played out over the summer. I love trainwrecks!

And I'm so surprised I hate Rachel's sister less than any of them.
It's gonna' be a fun season with nobody to care about.

06-28-2013, 06:43 PM
The commercials for the season premiere didn't help at all.

1. 100 days.

So a casual fan will think it's going to take longer than usual to get to the finale. An extra three Sunday episodes, with the usual 50 percent filler and fluff? Pass on that.
Survivor can supersize their cast and still have a well edited 39 day season. Why does BB have to pad their episode count?

2. Pretty people poorly dancing.

Half the commercials look like knockoffs of that one episode of Seinfeld where Elaine busts some moves at a party. Want to see handsome and beautiful folks moving with style and grace? There's SYTYCD for that instead.

3. Under The Dome.

That show's commercials offered a new cast of characters to get involved with, but included intrigue, mystery, and possible thrills and chills. BB ads just reminded you that Julie Chen has 2 shows on CBS.

4. America's Got Talent and Ninja Warrior.

Their ads would have you thinking they have high divers, amazing athletes, good singers, and people to root for. Folks that could risk their lives, or at least their vocal cords. BB ads would have you thinking that they have people that are going to...umm...uh...give it their all by...hanging out at the pool or twitching in front of a green screen.

06-28-2013, 06:48 PM
Your last point is actually one big factor, I think. People want something to root for, usually. Yes, mindless TV is nice, but ads for Sunday are already touting showmance. Are people finally fed up? Who knows.

ALSO in BB's defense ... wasn't the premiere usually at 9/8c. The hour early in the summer does play a big role, too.

06-28-2013, 08:19 PM
They started early so this time they are dealing with folks on vacation too also the 100 days which Julie then said would be 90 in the house the other night!

Also they moved the feeds & BBAD and cbs clamped down so with so little preshow speculation & leaks it just kind of made for a flat start for those of us that enjoy the preseason too!!

Hgs aren't a real likeable crowd either!!

06-28-2013, 09:24 PM
My problems are too many people, I have trouble every year to get to know this many new people so this many new is crazy on my brain. Second, so far what I have seen is I dislike the majority. Maybe there is someone to root for, but I would never know because all I see on the feeds is showmance crap. Maybe once we get some of these people out of there and these people start realizing its a game, not a dating show, maybe then I will get into it.

06-28-2013, 09:34 PM
The game is actually starting. Big moves are being made and showmances are going to be broken.


06-29-2013, 01:13 AM
With a cast like this rateings will go up

06-29-2013, 08:47 AM
I'm fine with 16 people, I just don't like that I can't tell some of them apart. Too one dimensional casting.

And welcome Firedog!!!

07-01-2013, 05:35 PM
Last night's episode was down 20 some % from Wednesday's premiere AND 20 some % from last season's Sunday premiere. That said, it won the night on a soft tv night on the networks. LOL

07-04-2013, 05:54 PM
And the hits keep on coming....

CBS’ Big Brother drew 5.4 million total viewers to this season’s first live eviction show, while scoring a 1.6 demo rating.
Those numbers topped a quiet Independence Day Eve on both counts, yet marked drops of 17 and 27 percent week-to-week and hit an all-time demo for the series for a consecutive night.

07-04-2013, 08:31 PM
Lets face it, they need to keep bringing back sure thing personalities. Just put Jeff in every year and be done with it.

07-04-2013, 08:56 PM
They need to back to regular people & stop cast recruiting past season look-a-likes

07-05-2013, 04:28 PM
I honestly hate that this is just fodder and a "told you so" for CBS/BB to say vets are needed. Either that or the formula is just tired.

I also wondering if starting early made a difference. If it followed its normal pattern, we wouldn't have a premiere until next week.

Shiny Beige
07-05-2013, 10:31 PM
They need to replace Grodner with a real producer! :D