This article is about the English Version in the United States. For the Spanish Version, see Gran Hermano USA.
|Big Brother U.S. (franchise)|
| Allison Grodner|
|Television Network(s)|| CBS|
|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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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 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|
|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||September 26, 2018||99||16||To Be Determined|
|Celebrity 2||To Be Announced||To Be Determined|
^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.
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|Big Brother (US) Average Viewers Per Season|
|Season||Premiere Date||Finale Date||Avg Viewers|
|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|
|Big Brother Franchises|
|Africa||Africa · Angola · Nigeria · South Africa|
|Americas||Argentina · Brazil · Canada (Quebec) · Colombia · Ecuador · Mexico · Pacific · Panama · Peru · United States (Spanish)|
|Asia-Pacific||Arab States · Australia · China · India (Hindi · Kannada · Bengali · Tamil · Telugu) · Indonesia · Israel · Philippines · Russia · Thailand · Vietnam · Turkey|
|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|