'Big Brother' eviction show took second place Thursday for CBS


Thursday’s Live Eviction Show Wins Time Period in Viewers and Key Demos. “Big Brother” Continues to Outpace Last Week and Last Year.

After weeks of staving off eviction, Rachel, the 26-year-old chemistry graduate student/VIP Cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, was evicted from the BIG BROTHER house during Thursday night’s live broadcast.  As this season’s most targeted “showmance,” Rachel and Brendon were both on the block this week, but it was Rachel who was ousted by a unanimous vote of 6-0, leaving Brendon to fend for himself inside the house.  Rachel will be the first contestant sequestered into the Jury House.   Following her eviction, she was interviewed by Julie Chen about the experience. 

After last night’s BIG BROTHER eviction, Houseguests competed for the Head of Household title in the endurance competition, “Oh What a Tangled Web.”  Houseguests were tethered to ropes that were tangled up in a giant spider web.  The first player to untangle their rope from the web wins Head of Household and can then choose the three people who will become the Have Nots for the week.

Results will be revealed during Sunday night’s broadcast.

The Houseguests:
Lane Elenburg, Decatur, Texas                                                      
Ragan Fox, Los Angeles, Calif.
Andrew Gordon, Miami Beach, Fla. – Eliminated July 29                                                 
Britney Haynes, Huntington, Ark.
Kathy Hillis, Texarkana, Ark.                                                          
Matt Hoffman, Elgin, Ill.
Hayden Moss, Tempe, Ariz.                                                        
Enzo Palumbo, Bayonne, N.J.
Rachel Reilly, Las Vegas, Nev. – Eliminated August 12                                                  
Monet Stunson, Glen Carbon, Ill. – Eliminated July 22
Brendon Villegas, Riverside, Calif.                                                    
Annie Whittington, Tampa, Fla. – Eliminated July 15
Kristen Bitting, Philadelphia, Pa. – Eliminated August 5

Last night’s BIG BROTHER live eviction show won its time period in viewers and key demographics and out-delivered both last week and last year’s comparable broadcast, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Thursday, Aug. 12.

BIG BROTHER THURSDAY was first in households (4.8/09), viewers (7.93m), adults 25-54 (3.2/10) and adults 18-49 (2.6/09); it was second in adults 18-34 (2.1/08, -0.1 behind FOX).  Compared to last week, BIG BROTHER THURSDAY was up +12% in households (from 4.3/08), +7% in adults 25-54 (from 3.0/09), +8% in adults 18-49 (from 2.4/09) and added +790,000 viewers (from 7.14m, +11%).

 Compared to the same night last year, BIG BROTHER THURSDAY was up +9% in households (from 4.4/08), +7% in adults 25-54 (from 3.0/09), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 2.5/09), +17% in adults 18-34 (from 1.8/07) and added +1.00m viewers (from 6.93m, +14%). 

Editor’s Note: CBS had preemptions/delays in approximately 6% of the U.S. from 8:00-11:00 PM due to preseason football (including Cowboys football in Dallas and Austin, Patriots football in Boston and Ravens football in Baltimore).  Ratings are tentative and subject to change.

(source: CBS)