‘Big Brother 18’ News: CBS Renews Reality Show For 2016

Big Brother 18 news should please the dedicated fans of the reality competition show. Big Brother 18 has already been approved by CBS for the summer of 2016, with more details likely to come on what type of season producers will present. A report from fan site Big Brother Network relayed the information that CBS has already given the green light for another season in the house. BB18 will likely premiere at either the end of June or the beginning of July 2016.

After a summer of great ratings for Big Brother 17, the show took a bit of a hit on Sunday, September 20. This was expected, as NBC was airing Sunday Night Football again and Fox had the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. Still, an estimated 6.77 million viewers tuned in to watch what was basically a recap episode for BB17. That’s an amazing number for a reality show, let alone one that has been on TV all summer.

For Sunday night episodes on CBS, Big Brother 17 averaged 6.16 million viewers a night. That includes a high-water mark of just over seven million on Sunday, September 13. Wednesday night episodes have done even better, averaging about 6.31 million a night, with that number expected to increase due to the season finale on September 23. It all points to an easy renewal confirmation for Big Brother 18 to come out in 2016.

Typically, the summer months can be a tough draw for the primary networks, with most original programming held back until the fall. This is due to many viewers turning off the televisions and spending time outdoors or on vacations. Any time a network can find a hit show that viewers will continuously tune in to, it typically remains on the air for a number of years. Look no further than America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Big Brother, and Master Chef drawing huge numbers every summer.

In the key demographic of viewers aged 18-49, Big Brother 17 had three episodes in the top 10 every week during the summer of 2015. That brings in the advertising dollars networks need during the summer and typically leads to a renewal for any show appearing in the top 10. With three episodes of Big Brother every week, CBS has been committed to the show for a while. Big Brother 18 will look to continue that trend for the franchise, possibly with an All-Star season that has been rumored for a while on social media and fan sites.

[Image Source: CBS Big Brother Press Kit]