Big Brother 23 (US) is the 23rd season of the broadcasted edition of Big Brother (U.S.) and the 26th season overall.
- 1 Background
- 2 Twists
- 3 HouseGuests
- 4 Teams
- 5 Voting History
- 6 Wildcard Competition History
- 7 BB Bucks History
- 8 Have/Have-Not History
- 9 Game History
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Ratings
- 12 References
- 13 External Links
During the Final Five eviction episode of Big Brother 22 (US), an advertisement for casting new players for the next season was aired, leading many to assume Big Brother was getting a 23rd season. Although the CBS casting page immediately stated that it was accepting applications for season 23, an official renewal announcement from CBS wasn't made until October 28, 2020, the day of season 22's finale, confirming that season 23 was due to air in the summer of 2021.
During a Clubhouse event with Love Island host Arielle Vandenberg, and narrator Matthew Hoffman, Julie revealed that the season would have a live premiere and move-in just like Big Brother 22, and it would take place on July 7, 2021, with the season three premiere of Love Island airing right after. She also revealed that the theme for the season would be "BB Beach House", stating that the future houseguests "deserve a vacation", and that the season would once again feature 16 houseguests.
Following in the footsteps of Big Brother Canada 9, CBS announced a new diversity pledge on November 9, 2020, which would require that Big Brother and the rest of their reality programming to have at least 50% of its cast be black, indigenous or people of color, starting with Big Brother 23.
On January 22, 2021, Robyn Kass, head casting director for every main American and Canadian season since Big Brother 2 (US), announced that she would be stepping down and taking a leave in casting for Big Brother 23 to focus on other opportunities, including finalizing the cast of Big Brother Canada 9, which had just reached the semifinal stage of casting just weeks before. One week later, on February 1, 2021, it was announced that Jesse Tannenbaum, former Big Brother casting producer and casting director for Big Brother: Over The Top and Survivor, would be in charge of the casting efforts for Big Brother 23, alongside many returning casting producers who formerly worked under Kassting, Inc.
- Teams: During the live move-in, houseguests will enter in groups of four and compete for power. The winners of each group will become Team Captains and will be shown a 90-second intro package of the remaining houseguests and choose their three teammates, creating four teams of four, each with two men and two women. Every week, whoever wins HOH will also earn safety for their entire team. The teams will last for the first four weeks of the game.
- Double or Nothing Twist: During the premiere, once the teams are made, the captains will then compete for HOH. Whoever wins will be tempted with a “double or nothing offer from Julie that they won’t be able to refuse.” Frenchie French won HOH for his team, the Jokers, and was given the offer to risk their current safety for a third competition of the evening. If he accepted the offer and won, his team would be safe for the first two weeks, meaning that he would remain HOH for Week 1, while all four of them remained safe for Week 2 no matter who became HOH. If he accepted the offer and lost, he would be dethroned as HOH and his entire team would be vulnerable, while the HOH goes to the second place team, the Queens, led by Claire Rehfuss. If he rejected the offer entirely, he would remain HOH for Week 1 but his team's safety would only last for that week. He ultimately chose to reject the offer and keep the current HOH and safety for his team, leaving them potentially vulnerable in Week 2.
- Wildcard Competition: The three teams that aren't immune for the week will each select one competitor. Those three houseguests will then compete for sole immunity, meaning that if they win, they will be given the option to take safety, while the rest of their team remains vulnerable for nomination and eviction. If the winner decides to accept safety for the week, it will result in a punishment that may affect them, their team, or the entire house.
- Biggest Cash Prize Ever: For the first time since Big Brother 6 (US), the cash prize will be increased from its usual amount of $500,000, with an extra quarter of a million dollars added to the total, meaning the winner of the season will win $750,000.
- High Roller's Room: During Weeks 6, 7 and 8, the High Roller's Room opened up to the Final 11 houseguests. America voted via text and the three houseguests who received the most votes would receive $100 in "BB Bucks". The next three would receive $75, and the remaining houseguests would receive $50. When the room was open, houseguests could go in and pay to play a competition of luck or skill. If they won the game, they would win a power. The stronger the power, the more expensive the game. A houseguest do not have to use their BB Bucks immediately and can hold them for as long as possible. The twists can only be used in the week they are purchased, and the competitions can only be played once.
- Veto Derby: For 50 BB Bucks, houseguests can play in the "Veto Derby" competition. If they received a score higher than 0 and landed in the top six, they would be able to bet on one of the six Veto players. If the person they bet on ended up winning the PoV Competition, they would earn a second Veto for themselves. Whoever won their Veto through the bet would make their decision first, and the HoH would name a replacement if it was used. From there, whoever won their Veto through the competition then made their decision and could potentially force the HoH to nominate a fourth person by Vetoing either that replacement or the remaining initial nominee. In Week 6, Kyland Young ended up winning the Veto Derby competition and bet on Alyssa Lopez to win the PoV competition - she did, earning both herself and Kyland each their own PoV.
- Chopping Block Roulette: For 125 BB Bucks, houseguests can play in the "Chopping Block Roulette" competition. If they won, they would be safe for the week and would also earn the power to remove one of the initial nominees, who would also be safe for the rest of the week. The winner would then spin a roulette wheel to determine the replacement nominee at random, with all eligible houseguests have equal odds of being chosen. In Week 7, Alyssa Lopez was the only person to play in the Chopping Block Roulette competition and scored higher than 0, winning her the competition and granting her safety. She then chose to take Derek Frazier off the block, and after she spun the roulette wheel, Xavier Prather was randomly nominated in Derek's place.
- Coin of Destiny: For 250 BB Bucks, houseguest can play the "Coin of Destiny" competition and earn the right to challenge the reigning HoH to a coin toss. If they called the coin toss correctly, they would dethrone the reigning HoH and anonymously take over for the week as the new HoH, although the dethroned HoH would remain immune and could play in the following HoH competition. Claire Rehfuss won the competition and correctly called that the coin would land on heads, dethroning Tiffany Mitchell as HoH and taking her nominees Kyland Young and Sarah Beth Steagall off the block. Claire would then anonymously renominate Kyland and Sarah Beth herself.
- Note: All four team photos were created by BigBrotherJunkie (@89razorskate20). For more of their work, click here.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10||Week 11||Week 12|
|Day 44||Day 45||Day 51||Day 52||Day 59||Day 65||Day 66||Day 71||Day 85||Finale|
|Key:||HOH||Dethroned HOH||Nominated||Veto Winner||Rep: Replacement Nominee||Vetoed: Vetoed Roulette/Punishment Nominee|
|Immune||Team Immunity||Wildcard Winner||Roulette Winner||Saved by Roulette||Evicted||Jury Member|
Wildcard Competition History
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Jokers||Azah||Ineligible||Sat Out||Sat Out||Loss|
|Derek F||Ineligible||Sat Out||Sat Out||Sat Out|
|Derek X||Sat Out||Sat Out||Loss||Ineligible|
|Whitney||Sat Out||Sat Out||Sat Out||Loss|
|Kings||Alyssa||Sat Out||Sat Out||Ineligible||Ineligible|
|Sarah Beth||Sat Out||Win||Ineligible|
|Xavier||Sat Out||Sat Out||HOH||Ineligible|
|Queens||Claire||Sat Out||Ineligible||Sat Out||Win|
BB Bucks History
|Week 6||Week 7||Week 8|
|Veto Derby||Chopping Block Roulette||Coin of Destiny|
|Cost||50 BB Bucks||125 BB Bucks||250 BB Bucks|
|Winner(s)||Kyland, Derek F, Claire, Sarah Beth||Alyssa||Claire|
|Prize||Double Power of Veto Bet||Renomination Roulette||Secret HoH Coin Toss|
|Result||Kyland correctly bet on Alyssa and earned himself a second Veto.||Alyssa took Derek F off the block and the Roulette renominated Xavier.||Claire correctly called the coin toss and became the Secret HoH, dethroning Tiffany.|
|Beg. Bal.||Received||Gambled||End Bal.||Beg. Bal.||Received||Gambled||Domino Effect PoV||End Bal.||Beg. Bal.||Received||HoH Envelope||Gambled||End Bal.|
- This is the first season to have a grand prize of $750,000 as opposed to $500,000, and the first season in which the grand prize is guaranteed to be greater than $500,000.
- In addition, for the first time ever, the runner-up consolation prize also increased from $50,000 to $75,000, while the America's Favorite Houseguest prize increased from $25,000 to $50,000.
- In Big Brother 6 (US), if both members of a secret pair made it to the Final Two together their prize money doubled, meaning that the winner would receive $1,000,000 and the runner-up $250,000. That did not happen, so the eventual winner and runner-up, Maggie Ausburn and Ivette Corredero, only received the usual $500,000 and $50,000 respectively.
- This season is tied with Big Brother 22 (US) for the longest time before a woman won an HOH or a POV, with the first HOH or POV win by a female occurring on Week 5.
- This is the first season in which no white men made it to the jury phase. All four of them (Christian, Brent, Frenchie and Travis) were evicted during the pre-jury phase.
- This is the eighth season to have females win 4 HOH's in a row following Big Brother 5, Big Brother 8, Big Brother 10, Big Brother 10, Big Brother 13, Big Brother 17, Big Brother: Over The Top, and Big Brother 20.
- With The Cookout making it to the Final 6 on Day 65, this season became the first to have an entirely African-American Final 6, and thus became the American civilian season to have an African-American winner, a title which eventually went to Xavier Prather.
- The Cookout making it to Final 6 also marks the first time an alliance of at least four people forms within Week 1 and successfully evicts every other houseguest not in the alliance before losing their first member.
- Although brief due to the Double Eviction, also on Day 65, the Final 7 was made up of all minorities for the first time in Big Brother history (the six African-Americans who formed the Cookout, including two mixed race members one of Indian descent and the other of Mexican descent) alongside a woman of Puerto Rican descent.
|Big Brother 23 (US) Ratings - In United States|
|1||1||Wednesday, July 7, 2021||1.1/8||4.25||4.25||1||1||8|||||||
|2||Sunday, July 11, 2021||0.9/6||3.76||4.00||2||4||19|||
|3||Wednesday, July 14, 2021||1.0/6||3.94||3.98||2||4||13|||||
|4||Thursday, July 15, 2021||0.9/7||3.81||3.94||1||1||18|||
|2||5||Sunday, July 18, 2021||0.9/6||3.63||3.88||1||1||25|||
|6||Wednesday, July 21, 2021||0.9/7||3.79||3.86||1||1||16|||||
|7||Thursday, July 22, 2021||0.9/7||3.84||3.86||1||1||18|||
|3||8||Sunday, July 25, 2021||0.8/5||3.52||3.82||1||2||27|||
|9||Wednesday, July 28, 2021||0.9/7||3.79||3.81||2||2||15|||||
|10||Thursday, July 29, 2021||0.9/6||3.85||3.82||2||2||18|||
|4||11||Sunday, August 1, 2021||0.8/6||3.47||3.79||1||2||27|||
|12||Wednesday, August 4, 2021||0.9/7||3.76||3.78||2||2||15|||||
|13||Thursday, August 5, 2021||0.9/7||3.82||3.79||3||3||18|||
|5||14||Sunday, August 8, 2021||0.9/8||3.57||3.77||1||2||22|||
|15||Wednesday, August 11, 2021||0.9/7||3.80||3.77||1||1||15|||||
|16||Thursday, August 12, 2021||0.9/8||3.83||3.78||2||2||19|||
|6||17||Sunday, August 15, 2021||0.9/7||3.61||3.77||1||1||20|||
|18||Wednesday, August 18, 2021||0.9/7||3.80||3.77||1||1||15|||||
|19||Thursday, August 19, 2021||0.9/9||3.86||3.77||1||1||18|||
|7||20||Sunday, August 22, 2021||0.9/8||3.65||3.77||1||1||21|||
|21||Wednesday, August 25, 2021||0.9/7||3.80||3.77||1||1||15|||||
|22||Thursday, August 26, 2021||0.9/8||3.86||3.77||1||1||18|||
|8||23||Sunday, August 29, 2021||0.9/7||3.65||3.77||1||1||21|||
|24||Wednesday, September 1, 2021||0.9/7||3.82||3.77||1||1||17|||||
|25||Thursday, September 2, 2021||0.9/7||3.91||3.77||2||2||16|||
|9||26||Sunday, September 5, 2021||0.9/6||3.67||3.77||1||2||21|||
|27||Wednesday, September 8, 2021||0.9/7||3.83||3.77||1||1||15|||||
|28||Thursday, September 9, 2021||0.9/5||3.90||3.78||2||2||18|||
|10||29||Sunday, September 12, 2021||0.9/6||3.72||3.78||1||7||21|||
|30||Wednesday, September 15, 2021||0.9/7||3.85||3.78||1||1||18|||||
|31||Thursday, September 16, 2021||0.9/7||3.90||3.78||1||1||15|||
|11||32||Friday, September 17, 2021||0.9/6||3.69||3.78||1||1||21|||
|33||Wednesday, September 22, 2021||0.6/5||2.98||3.75||2||9|||
|34||Thursday, September 23, 2021||0.8/6||3.64||3.75||3||4|||
|12||35||Friday, September 24, 2021||0.5/4||2.71||3.72||1||1|||
|36||Sunday, September 26, 2021||0.9/5||3.82||3.72||3||6|||
|37||Wednesday, September 29, 2021||0.9/7||3.57||3.72||1||3|||
|Key:||Increase||Decrease||No Change||Live Show|
|Big Brother 23 (US) DVR Ratings - In United States|
|#||Date||Live Airing||DVR Catch-Ups||Source|
|+3 Day||+7 Day|
|1||1||Wednesday, July 7, 2021||1.08||4.25||1.44||5.34||1.57||5.70|||
|2||Sunday, July 11, 2021||0.87||3.76||1.26||4.92||1.37||5.23|||
|3||Wednesday, July 14, 2021||0.96||3.94||1.22||4.81||1.36||5.20|||
|4||Thursday, July 15, 2021||0.90||3.81||1.29||4.91||1.41||5.25|||
|2||5||Sunday, July 18, 2021||0.85||3.63||1.20||4.63||1.33||4.94|||
|6||Wednesday, July 21, 2021||0.92||3.79||1.17||4.50||1.31||4.90|||
|7||Thursday, July 22, 2021||0.91||3.84||1.30||4.92||1.42||5.28|||
|3||8||Sunday, July 25, 2021||0.83||3.52||1.19||4.36||1.28||4.69|||
|9||Wednesday, July 28, 2021||0.94||3.79||1.32||4.77||1.42||5.05|||
|10||Thursday, July 29, 2021||0.90||3.85||1.22||4.75||1.29||4.96|||
|4||11||Sunday, August 1, 2021||0.82||3.47|||
|12||Wednesday, August 4, 2021||0.93||3.76|||
|13||Thursday, August 5, 2021||0.90||3.82||1.15||4.55||1.23||4.75|||
|5||14||Sunday, August 8, 2021||0.87||3.57||1.37||4.83||1.47||5.09|||
|15||Wednesday, August 11, 2021||0.93||3.80|||
|16||Thursday, August 12, 2021||0.91||3.83|||
|6||17||Sunday, August 15, 2021||0.88||3.61|||
|18||Wednesday, August 18, 2021||0.93||3.80|||
|19||Thursday, August 19, 2021||0.92||3.86|||
|7||20||Sunday, August 22, 2021||0.91||3.65|||
|21||Wednesday, August 25, 2021||0.93||3.80|||
|22||Thursday, August 26, 2021||0.92||3.86|||
|8||23||Sunday, August 29, 2021||0.91||3.65|||
|24||Wednesday, September 1, 2021||0.93||3.82|||
|25||Thursday, September 2, 2021||0.93||3.91|||
|9||26||Sunday, September 5, 2021||0.90||3.67|||
|27||Wednesday, September 8, 2021||0.93||3.83|||
|28||Thursday, September 9, 2021||0.92||3.90|||
|10||29||Sunday, September 12, 2021||0.91||3.72|||
|30||Wednesday, September 15, 2021||0.92||3.85|||
|31||Thursday, September 16, 2021||0.93||3.90|||
|11||32||Friday, September 17, 2021||0.88||3.69|||
|33||Wednesday, September 22, 2021||0.61||2.98|||
|34||Thursday, September 23, 2021||0.81||3.64|||
|12||35||Friday, September 24, 2021||0.50||2.71|||
|36||Sunday, September 26, 2021||0.91||3.82|||
|37||Wednesday, September 29, 2021||0.94||3.57|||
|Key:||Increase||Decrease||No Change||Live Show|
|Big Brother 23 (US) Ratings - In Canada|
|Season Avg Viewers
|1||1||Wednesday, July 7, 2021||1.166||1.166||8|||
|2||Sunday, July 11, 2021||1.054||1.110||10|
|3||Wednesday, July 14, 2021||1.005||1.075||6|||
|4||Thursday, July 15, 2021||0.972||1.049||7|
|2||5||Sunday, July 18, 2021||0.937||1.027||8|
|6||Wednesday, July 21, 2021||0.897||1.005||10|||
|7||Thursday, July 22, 2021||0.885||0.988||11|
|3||8||Sunday, July 25, 2021||0.958||0.984||6|
|9||Wednesday, July 28, 2021||1.040||0.990||3|||
|10||Thursday, July 29, 2021||0.860||0.977||8|
|4||11||Sunday, August 1, 2021||0.877||0.968||7|
|12||Wednesday, August 4, 2021||0.911||0.964||8|||
|13||Thursday, August 5, 2021||0.926||0.961||7|
|5||14||Sunday, August 8, 2021||0.960||0.961||5|
|15||Wednesday, August 11, 2021||0.957||0.960||6|||
|16||Thursday, August 12, 2021||0.893||0.956||10|
|6||17||Sunday, August 15, 2021||0.955||0.956||7|
|18||Wednesday, August 18, 2021||1.069||0.962||5|||
|19||Thursday, August 19, 2021||0.839||0.956||10|
|7||20||Sunday, August 22, 2021||0.850||0.951||9|
|21||Wednesday, August 25, 2021||0.954||0.951||7|||
|22||Thursday, August 26, 2021||0.907||0.949||8|
|8||23||Sunday, August 29, 2021||0.752||0.940||12|
|24||Wednesday, September 1, 2021||0.909||0.939||7|||
|25||Thursday, September 2, 2021||0.898||0.937||8|
|9||26||Sunday, September 5, 2021||0.971||0.939||5|
|27||Wednesday, September 8, 2021||0.853||0.935||11|||
|28||Thursday, September 9, 2021||0.855||0.933||10|
|10||29||Sunday, September 12, 2021||0.943||0.933||6|
|30||Wednesday, September 15, 2021||0.902||0.932||9|||
|31||Thursday, September 16, 2021||0.858||0.929||11|
|11||32||Friday, September 17, 2021||0.885||0.928||10|
|33||Wednesday, September 22, 2021||1.104||0.933||16|||
|34||Thursday, September 23, 2021||0.911||0.933||24|
|12||35||Friday, September 24, 2021||0.778||0.928||30|
|36||Sunday, September 26, 2021||0.835||0.926||28|
|37||Wednesday, September 29, 2021||0.999||0.928||22|||
|Key:||Increase||Decrease||No Change||Live Show|
|United States Seasons|
|English||Broadcast||1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24|
|Celebrity||1 · 2 · 3|
|Big Brother Seasons|