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Big Brother 26 is the current 26th season of the broadcasted edition of Big Brother (U.S.) and the 31st season overall.

Background

BB26 Promo Logo

Promotional Logo

Development

On May 7, 2024, CBS announced its summer schedule, revealing that BB26 would return to a two-night premiere event, not seen since Big Brother 21 (US), on July 17 and 18, 2024. The series continues holding its Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday slots, however this year all episodes will air at 9 PM EST consistently instead of 8.[1]Due to the two night premiere structure, the live premiere and move-in that has been in place since Big Brother 22 (US) will not be returning, and the houseguests will already be moved in by the time of the premiere. The houseguests are scheduled to move in on July 16, a day before the premiere airs. The Live Feeds are set to begin following the second half of the premiere, on Thursday night.

The house photos were released on July 9, 2024, with the theme of the season being described as "Big Brother Artificial Intelligence", or "BBAI" for short. The design of the rooms were stated to be generated by AI based on prompts.[2]

On the day of the cast reveal, the official Paramount+ website added the "Live Feeds" tab back to the Big Brother homepage, and under the FAQ it was discovered that the Live Feeds would be losing their flashback and archive features, meaning that viewers would not be able to rewind any footage without externally recording it beforehand, or check back to see footage from days, or even minutes, before.

Casting

With the release of the premiere date, it was also confirmed that the season will once again consist of all new houseguests. On July 11, 2024 Julie Chen-Moonves confirmed that there would once again be 16 houseguests. She also confirmed that due to the two night premiere, the houesguests would once again move into the house in two groups, with 8 moving in for the Wednesday night premiere and the next 8 moving in for the Thursday night premiere, just like Big Brother 16 (US) and Big Brother 17 (US).[3]

On July 12, reliable sources revealed that there will be a 17th houseguest in spite of Chen-Moonves' statement.[4] The cast was released on July 15, with 16 new houseguests being revealed, along with the twist that the fate of the 17th houseguest lies in their hands, as they will vote on whether or not this person gets to join the game during the premiere.[5] During the premiere, it was revealed that there is no 17th houseguest, and the vote was simply a test to go alongside the first twist of the season.

Twists

BB26 Ainsley Human

AINSLEY...

BB26 Ainsley

...the Artificial Intelligence Network Self Learning Entity

  • Staggered Move-In: The 16 houseguests will be split into two groups of eight to move into the house, with the first group moving in for the Wednesday night premiere, and the second group moving in for Thursday night. In reality, all 16 houseguests still move in on Day 1 of the game, despite airing on different days.
  • Big Brother Artificial Intelligence: BBAI is the main theme and twist of the season. The Big Brother "Artificial Intelligence Network Self Learning Entity", aka AINSLEY, will be taking over the game this summer and changing the rules of the game as she sees fit. She will be communicating with the houseguests through a Proto Hologram Box located in the living room. Her "human form" that was originally introduced to the houseguests was portrayed by an actress named Cosette Rinab, while her AI voice was performed by Elise Dubois.[6]
    • Chenbot AI: Host Julie Chen-Moonves hinted that she is going to be part of the AI twist in some form.
    • "Seventeenth Houseguest": The houseguests were told that they have the power to vote in a 17th houseguest during the two-night premiere. However, it was revealed that this was simply a morality test organized by AINSLEY. The houseguests who voted yes to letting her enter would be given the chance to compete for an Upgrade Power, while those who voted no would have to compete to try and avoid a Downgrade Punishment. Each group of eight would compete in four separate competitions, with the two winners of the Upgrade Competition each earning their own power, while the losers of the Downgrade Competition would share their punishment for the first week.
      • BB Mascot: The losers of the Downgrade Competition were demoted from houseguests to mascots, meaning that they were ineligible to compete in the HOH or POV competitions for the week, nor were they eligible to cast an eviction vote. However, they were still eligible to be nominated and evicted. The mascots, as the name suggests, were also required to wear costumes and cheer on the competing houseguests during the HOH and POV competitions, but were allowed to return to their regular outfits once the competitions were over.
      • Deepfake HOH: Identical to the Identity Theft Power App from Big Brother 20 (US), the winner will be able to anonymously strip the HOH of their power at any point during the first four weeks of the game. They will secretly nominate two houseguests instead of the HOH, and can nominate anyone except for the HOH themselves. To keep their identity a secret, the nominations will be named by a Deepfake Clone of the actual HOH, using AINSLEY's Proto Box to share the news.
      • America's Veto: A lighter variation of the Diamond Power of Veto, where the winner will be able to use the power at any point during the first four weeks of the game. If they choose to use the Power of Veto, they can take down one nominee but instead of the HoH naming the replacement, the audience will decide in a vote, with the results of the renomination vote being revealed live on eviction night.
    • AI Arena: Similar to Big Brother Australia 14, each week, the Head of Household will have to make three nominations for eviction, as opposed to two. If one of them is Vetoed off the block, they will be replaced. Prior to the live eviction, the nominees would compete on live eviction night in the new AI Arena Competition, where the winner will earn safety, while the two losers would face the vote. The BB Mascots in Week 1 will be eligible to compete if they are nominated.

HouseGuests

Angela Murray
 HOH 
 
Angela
Brooklyn Rivera
 
 
Brooklyn
Cam Sullivan-Brown
 
 
Cam
Cedric Hodges
 
 
Cedric
Chelsie Baham
 
 
Chelsie
Joseph Rodriguez
 
 
Joseph
Kenney Kelley
 Nominated 
 
Kenney
Kimo Apaka
 Nominated 
 
Kimo
Leah Peters
 
 
Leah
Lisa Weintraub
 Nominated/POV 
 
Lisa
Makensy Manbeck
 
 
Makensy
Matt Hardeman
 
 
Matt
Quinn Martin
 
 
Quinn
Rubina Bernabe
 
 
Rubina
T'kor Clottey
 
 
T'kor
Tucker Des Lauriers
 
 
Tucker

Voting History

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13
Day 1 Day 2 Day TBA Finale
Angela Yes
Brooklyn No
Cam No
Cedric No Ineligible
Chelsie No Ineligible
Joseph Yes
Kenney No
Kimo No
Leah Yes
Lisa No
Makensy Yes
Matt No
Quinn Yes
Rubina Yes
T'kor No
Tucker No
Key: HOH POV Nominated Rep: Replacement Nominee Immune AI Arena Winner Evicted Jury Member Left Vote to Enter

Have/Have-Not History

Week US26 Small Angela US26 Small Brooklyn US26 Small Cam US26 Small Cedric US26 Small Chelsie US26 Small Joseph US26 Small Kenney US26 Small Kimo US26 Small Leah US26 Small Lisa US26 Small Makensy US26 Small Matt US26 Small Quinn US26 Small Rubina US26 Small T'kor US26 Small Tucker
1 +
2
Key: Have Have-Not +: HOH

Competition History

# Competition Result
Week Day(s) Type Name
1 1 Upgrade "Color Calibration" US26 Small Makensy
Makensy
is upgraded
Downgrade "Fear Facer" US26 Small Chelsie
Chelsie
is downgraded
Upgrade "AI Chip Install" US26 Small Quinn
Quinn
is upgraded
Downgrade "Facial Recognition" US26 Small Cedric
Cedric
is downgraded
2 HOH "New Rule" US26 Small Angela
Angela
wins HOH
5 POV "TBA" US26 Small Lisa
Lisa
wins the Veto
10 AI Arena "TBA" Question Head
TBD
is saved

Game History

# HOH Initial
Nominations
Veto
Holder
Used? Final
Nominations
Evicted Vote Finish
Week
1 US26 Small Angela
Angela
US26 Small Kenney
Kenney
US26 Small Kimo
Kimo
US26 Small Lisa
Lisa
US26 Small Lisa
Lisa
TBD Question Head
TBD
Question Head
TBD
Question Head
TBD
Question Head
TBD
?-? 1st Evicted
Day 10

Week 1

Angela Murray
 HOH 
 
Angela
Lisa Weintraub
 Nominee
POV
 
 
Lisa
Kenney Kelley
 Nominee 
 
Kenney
Kimo Apaka
 Nominee 
 
Kimo

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Finale

Jury

Trivia

Ratings

Big Brother 26 (US) Ratings
# Date 18–49 Demo
(rating/share)
Viewers
(millions)
Season Avg
Viewers

(millions)
Rank Source
Week Episode Timeslot Night
1 1 Wednesday, July 17, 2024 0.6/7 2.75 2.75 1 2 [7] [8]
2 Thursday, July 18, 2024 0.5/7 2.36 2.56 2 3 [9]
Key: Increase Decrease No Change Live Show

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