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Big Brother U.S. (franchise)
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Country United States
Language(s) English
Executive
Producer(s)
Allison Grodner
Rich Meehan
Television Network(s) CBS
CBS All-Access
Host Julie Chen (2000 - Present)
Ian O'Malley (2000)
Series Run July 5, 2000 - Present

Big Brother is a popular international reality show franchise with an American version owned by CBS.

How it Works

Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are 10-17 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.

American series

While most versions of Big Brother feature evictions that are voted on by polling television audiences over the phone or the internet, the American version shifted before Big Brother 2 to play off the popularity of Survivor and changed the format to have the other house guests evict players.

Retrieved from CBS
BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with dozens of high-definition cameras and microphones recording their every move, 24 hours a day. Each week, the Houseguests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining Houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.[1]

History

The idea for the show is said to come during a brainstorm session at the production house of John de Mol Produkties (an independent part of Endemol) on 4 September 1997. The first Big Brother broadcast was in the Netherlands in 1999 on the Veronica TV channel. It was picked up by Germany, Portugal, USA, UK, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy the following year and became a worldwide sensation. Since then it has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 countries. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1948 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Editions

Big Brother (US) Seasons
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Days HouseGuests Winner Runner(s)-Up Final Vote
1 July 5, 2000 September 29, 2000 88 10 Eddie McGee Josh Souza 59–27–14%1
Curtis Kin
2 July 5, 2001 September 20, 2001 82 12 Will Kirby Nicole Nilson Schaffrich 5-2 (6-3)
3 July 10, 2002 September 25, 2002 Lisa Donahue Danielle Reyes 9-1
4 July 8, 2003 September 24, 2003 132 Jun Song Alison Irwin 6-1
5 July 6, 2004 September 21, 2004 143 Drew Daniel Michael Ellis 4-3
6 July 7, 2005 September 20, 2005 80 144 Maggie Ausburn Ivette Corredero 4-3
All-Stars July 6, 2006 September 12, 2006 72 145 Mike "Boogie" Malin Erika Landin 6-1
8 July 5, 2007 September 18, 2007 81 146 Dick Donato Daniele Donato 5-2
9 February 12, 2008 April 27, 2008 167 Adam Jasinski Ryan Quicksall 6-1
10 July 13, 2008 September 16, 2008 71 13 Dan Gheesling Memphis Garrett 7-0
11 July 9, 2009 September 15, 2009 73 138 Jordan Lloyd Natalie Martinez 5-2
12 July 8, 2010 September 15, 2010 75 13 Hayden Moss Lane Elenburg 4-3
13 July 4, 2011 September 14, 2011 149 Rachel Reilly Porsche Briggs 4-3
14 July 12, 2012 September 19, 2012 1610 Ian Terry Dan Gheesling 6-1
15 June 26, 2013 September 18, 2013 90 16 Andy Herren GinaMarie Zimmerman 7-2
16 June 25, 2014 September 24, 2014 97 Derrick Levasseur Cody Calafiore 7-2
17 June 24, 2015 September 23, 2015 98 1711 Steve Moses Liz Nolan 6-3
18 June 22, 2016 September 21, 2016 99 1612 Nicole Franzel Paul Abrahamian 5-4
Over The Top September 28, 2016 December 1, 2016 65 1313 Morgan Willett Jason Roy Unknown1
Kryssie Ridolfi
19 June 28, 2017 September 20, 2017 92 1714 Josh Martinez Paul Abrahamian 5-4
Celebrity 1 February 7, 2018 February 25, 2018 26 1115 Marissa Jaret Winokur Ross Mathews 6-3
20 June 27, 2018 To Be Announced 16 To Be Determined
Celebrity 2 To Be Announced To Be Determined
Notes

^1 The viewing public decided the winner of the season.
^2 Eight houseguests entered the house followed by five houseguests that were ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends of the original eight.
^3 Thirteen houseguests were originally announced with a set of identical twins secretly playing as one HouseGuest. After surviving the first four evictions, the twins were allowed to compete as individuals.
^4 Fourteen houseguests entered the house with a secret partner unknown to the rest of the houseguests.
^5 The 14 returning houseguests were chosen among 20 candidates—eight through public vote, and six by the producers.
^6 Eleven houseguests were entered the house watched by three "rivals" watching inside of the HOH room that later joined the group.
^7 Sixteen houseguests were divided up into 8 couples, including two relationships from outside the house.
^8 Twelve houseguests originally entered the house divided into four cliques. The clique who won the first HOH competition allowed a returning player allocated to their clique to enter the game.
^9 Eight houseguests were originally entered the house divided into duos followed by 3 additional sets of duos returning from past seasons.
^10 Twelve houseguests originally entered the house followed by four returning houseguests as coaches that divided the houseguests into teams.
^11 Sixteen houseguests were originally announced with a set of identical twins secretly playing as one HouseGuest. After surviving the first five evictions, the twins were allowed to compete as individuals.
^12 Twelve houseguests entered the house followed by four returning players divided up into teams.
^13 Twelve houseguests entered the house followed by one returning houseguest voted in by the audience.
^14 Sixteen houseguests entered the house followed by one returning houseguest taking one of their spots on night one.
^15 Instead of normal houseguests, celebrities occupied the house.

Ratings

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Big Brother (US) Average Viewers Per Season
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Avg Viewers
(in millions)
Episodes
Big Brother 1 July 5, 2000 September 29, 2000 9.10 70
Big Brother 2 July 5, 2001 September 20, 2001 7.90 30
Big Brother 3 July 10, 2002 September 25, 2002 8.70 33
Big Brother 4 July 8, 2003 September 24, 2003 8.80
Big Brother 5 July 6, 2004 September 21, 2004 8.30 31
Big Brother 6 July 7, 2005 September 20, 2005 7.24 30
Big Brother All-Stars July 6, 2006 September 12, 2006 7.56 28
Big Brother 8 July 5, 2007 September 18, 2007 7.52 33
Big Brother 9 February 12, 2008 April 27, 2008 6.56
Big Brother 10 July 13, 2008 September 16, 2008 6.72 29
Big Brother 11 July 9, 2009 September 15, 2009 7.19 30
Big Brother 12 July 8, 2010 September 15, 2010 7.76
Big Brother 13 July 4, 2011 September 14, 2011 7.95 29
Big Brother 14 July 12, 2012 September 19, 2012 6.79 30
Big Brother 15 June 26, 2013 September 18, 2013 6.47 36
Big Brother 16 June 25, 2014 September 24, 2014 6.41 40
Big Brother 17 June 24, 2015 September 23, 2015 6.18
Big Brother 18 June 22, 2016 September 21, 2016 5.78 42
Big Brother: Over The Top September 28, 2016 December 1, 2016 N/A 10
Big Brother 19 June 28, 2017 September 20, 2017 6.06 39
Celebrity Big Brother 1 February 7, 2018 February 25, 2018 5.05 13
Key: Increase in Viewership Decrease in Viewership

Trivia

References

Big Brother Franchises
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Europe Albania · Balkans · Belgium · Bulgaria · Croatia · Czech Republic · Denmark · Finland · France (Loft) · Germany · Greece · Hungary · Italy · Lithuania · Netherlands · Norway · Poland · Portugal (Secret) · Romania · Scandinavia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · United Kingdom · Ukraine
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