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Big Brother 7 (UK) is the seventh series of the UK version of Big Brother. It premiered on May 18, 2006 and concluded exactly three months later on August 18 when Pete Bennett was crowned the winner of the season, taking home the grand prize.

Housemate Nikki Grahame would later return to compete as a housemate on Ultimate Big Brother, where she became the runner-up of the season. Grace Adams-Short, Glyn Wise, and Pete would also return to participate in tasks during this season. Nikki and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace would also later enter the house as "Time Warp Housemates", during Big Brother 16 (UK) , deemed as "Legends". Pete, Grace and Glyn would also briefly return to the house in the same season as a part of the "Let's do the Time Warp" shopping task on Day 37.

A year later, in 2016, Nikki would compete as a houseguest for her third time on Big Brother Canada 4, where she placed sixth overall.

Background[]

The fact that this season featured many housemates that had mental illnesses was highly controversial. These housemates include: Pete having Tourette's syndrome, Shahbaz deemed as mentally and emotionally unstable, Lea suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, Sam being shunned by her family, and Nikki suffering from anorexia in her past, leading to her being sectioned.

The House[]

The House for the seventh season of Big Brother (UK), featured a much smaller interior than that of its predecessor, with the living room being brought back into the house, with two glass doors that helped to separate it from the main floor of the house. The walls of the bedroom would change colour depending on the mood of the house-mates on eviction/live-nights. The bedroom for this season was found across from the living room, featuring a water-bed. The bathroom would also be accessed through this room and would feature a bath, shower and toilet.

The kitchen of the house was minimal and was found next to the garden of the house. The garden of the house featured a barbeque, pool and a seating area. There was also a bridge in the garden which was entitle "The Bridge to Nowhere" which lead to another seating area.

Twists[]

  • The Big Brotherhood: During the first week, housemates were selected to a fraternity where members got their suitcases and immunity. At the end of the week, the housemates not in "The Big Brotherhood" were nominated for eviction.
  • Golden Ticket Housemate: Following the Week 3 eviction, it was announced that the winner of the "Nestle Golden Ticket" would enter. 100 golden tickets were hidden in Kit Kat bars and after numerous background checks and evaluations, 35 of the ticket holders had a chance of entering the house. The housemates in the house randomly drew for one of the holders. The winner was Susie Verrico. She would later have the power to nominate the only housemates for eviction for Week 4.
  • Fake Eviction - The House Next Door: For the Week 6 eviction, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace was fake evicted to the "House Next Door" where she was joined by five new housemates. On Day 46, Aisleyne was told to evict one housemate, unknowingly to her that they would go to the Main House. She chose Jayne Kitt. On Day 48, Aisleyne had to select two housemates to evict and once again unknowingly to her that they would go to the Main House. She chose Michael Cheshire and Jennie Corner. Finally, on Day 49, Aisleyne was told to evict one final housemate and this time, it would be a real eviction. She would evict Jonathan Leonard over Spiral Coroner.
  • Best Friends: For Week 10, the housemates selected a fellow housemate to be their "best friend" for the week. For nominations, each pair nominated one housemate for eviction. The housemates with the most nominations were nominated alongside with their best friend. The pair with the least votes to save would be evicted.
  • Final Pass: For Week 12, housemates participated in the "Big Brother Board Game" task. The winner would be safe from nominations and be given a spot in the final.
  • Previously Evicted Housemate Returning: On Day 84, Grace, Lea, Mikey, and Nikki were chosen by the public to re-enter the house between 10 previous housemates. The housemates lived in the "House Next Door" until Day 87 when the housemates in the Main House decided for Nikki to move back into the Main House.
  • Six Finalists: Returning from the previous celebrity series, six housemates would be left in the final instead of the normal 4.

Housemates[]

Pete Bennett
 Winner 
 
Pete
Glyn Wise
 Runner-Up 
 
Glyn
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace
 Finalist 
 
Aisleyne
Richard Newman
 Finalist 
 
Richard
Nikki Grahame
 Finalist 
 
Nikki
Jennie Corner
 Finalist 
 
Jennie
Imogen Thomas
 Evicted 
 
Imogen
Susie Verrico
 Evicted 
 
Susie
Mikey Dalton
 Evicted 
 
Mikey
Glen "Spiral" Coroner
 Evicted 
 
Spiral
Michael Cheshire
 Evicted 
 
Michael
Jayne Kitt
 Evicted 
 
Jayne
Lea Walker
 Evicted 
 
Lea
Jonathan Leonard (UK 7)
 Evicted 
 
Jonathan
Lisa Huo
 Evicted 
 
Lisa
Grace Adams-Short
 Evicted 
 
Grace
Sam Brodie
 Evicted 
 
Sam
Sezer Yurtseven
 Evicted 
 
Sezer
George Askew
 Walked 
 
George
Bonnie Holt
 Evicted 
 
Bonnie
Dawn Blake
 Ejected 
 
Dawn
Shahbaz Chauhdry
 Walked 
 
Shahbaz

The Golden Ticket Housemate[]

On the launch night, Davina McCall announced that that Big Brother had partnered with Nestlé to distribute 100 "Golden Tickets" in random Kit Kat bars throughout the country. In a twist similar to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one of those golden tickets would let a member of the viewing public inside of the house. The Kit Kat bars went into circulation at 10:30pm on Launch Night. If any member of the viewing public wanted to enter the house, they had to have claimed their ticket to production by June 2, 2006.[1]

Producers told the Manchester Evening News, "This is a first for Big Brother. Nothing on this scale has ever been tried before in a reality show. We are always looking at new ways of trying to find brilliant housemates and the golden ticket feels like a genuinely exciting way to do so".

Golden Ticket Canidates

Throughout the three week promotion only 35 of the 100 tickets were claimed and eligible to be redeemed by members of the viewing public.[2] On Day 23, 34 of the claimed winners appeared live on Channel 4 to learn their fate. On the day of the live show, one potential housemate named "PJ" was slated in the promotion material to appear but dropped out last minute. The 34 different winners are listed below:

# Name Result # Name Result
1 UK7 Golden Ticket 1 Andrew Thomas Not Selected 2 UK7 Golden Ticket 2 Hollie Pearce Not Selected
3 UK7 Golden Ticket 3 Deby Dakers Not Selected 4 UK7 Golden Ticket 4 Paul Firminger Not Selected
5 UK7 Golden Ticket 5 Stuart Pavey Not Selected 6 UK7 Golden Ticket 6 Wayne Jordan Not Selected
7 UK7 Golden Ticket 7 Josh Gowens Not Selected 8 UK7 Golden Ticket 8 Rachel Richardson Not Selected
9 UK7 Golden Ticket 9 Adam Pattison Not Selected 10 UK7 Golden Ticket 10 Claire Allen Not Selected
11 UK7 Golden Ticket 11 Tim Slessor Not Selected 12 UK7 Golden Ticket 12 Martyn Hilliard Not Selected
13 UK7 Golden Ticket 13 Vicki Ellis Not Selected 14 UK7 Golden Ticket 14 Susie Verrico Winner
15 UK7 Golden Ticket 15 Eva Satchell Not Selected 16 UK7 Golden Ticket 16 Philip Colaco Not Selected
17 UK7 Golden Ticket 17 Susan Carter Not Selected 18 UK7 Golden Ticket 18 Simon Wynn Not Selected
19 UK7 Golden Ticket 19 Reza Katani Not Selected 20 UK7 Golden Ticket 20 Malcolm McKee Not Selected
21 UK7 Golden Ticket 21 Mohammed Butt Not Selected 22 UK7 Golden Ticket 22 Michael Copare Not Selected
23 UK7 Golden Ticket 23 Richard Nevill Not Selected 24 UK7 Golden Ticket 24 Ed Murrary Not Selected
25 UK7 Golden Ticket 25 Su Lindsey Not Selected 26 UK7 Golden Ticket 26 Richard Hikins Not Selected
27 UK7 Golden Ticket 27 Wayne Unitt Not Selected 28 UK7 Golden Ticket 28 Graham Mack Not Selected
29 UK7 Golden Ticket 29 Russell McLean Not Selected 30 UK7 Golden Ticket 30 David Brown Not Selected
31 UK7 Golden Ticket 31 Lorraine Harrow Not Selected 32 UK7 Golden Ticket 32 Matt Oakes Not Selected
33 UK7 Golden Ticket 33 Samuel Hunter Not Selected 34 UK7 Golden Ticket 34 Danielle James Not Selected

At the 10:00 eviction interview, the housemates gathered in the backyard and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace pulled a ball at random to enter the house. The ball was number 14, Susie Verrico.

After she entered the house, many housemates and viewers accused the show of fixing the result. Various housemates stated on the show that they remembered seeing Susie during the audition process. The Advertising Standards Authority investigated the result and came to the conclusion that it did allow all potential candidates a chance to enter fairly.[3]

Channel 4 and Endemol ended up releasing a statement stating that and independent observer from the Electoral Reform Services had looked at all 34 individual balls before they were placed inside of the lottery machine. The draw that aired live on Channel 4 was slowed down and sent to the ASA to show the process and to show members of the viewing public that nothing was tampered with.

However, even though the ASA determined that it was fairly done, it criticized the show for not allowing the independent observer from the Electoral Reform Services to attend the draw. There were observers that watched via the live television broadcast, no observers were allowed to have contact with the housemates in the house.

The ASA warned that any future promotions similar to the Golden Ticket must be held with supervision of an independent observer. If no independent observer would be present, it may break the regulatory code.

The twist would go on to be used in Big Brother Australia 7 with Mars, Incorporated's Starburst as the "Big Brother Starburst Golden Key".[4]

Tasks[]

Nominations 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 49 Day 51 Day 83 Day 86 Day 87 Final
Pete In Big
Brotherhood
Imogen
Sezer
Lisa
Nikki
Ineligible
Imogen
Lisa
Susie
Aisleyne
Ineligible
Banned No
Nominations
Spiral
Michael
Michael Imogen
Aisleyne
Ineligible
Imogen
Glyn
Nikki Winner
Glyn Not In Big
Brotherhood
Grace
Richard
Sam
Nikki
Ineligible
Nikki Richard
Aisleyne
Ineligible
Pete
Lea
No
Nominations
Susie
Jayne
Susie Susie
Richard
Ineligible
Richard
Pete
Ineligible
Runner-Up
Aisleyne Not in
House
Exempt Nikki
Sam
Ineligible
Lisa
Mikey
Lea
Nikki
Jonathan Exempt No
Nominations
Jayne
Richard
Spiral Mikey
Glyn
Ineligible
Richard
Glyn
Nikki Third Place
Richard In Big
Brotherhood
Imogen
Sezer
Lisa
Grace
Ineligible
Imogen
Glyn
Imogen
Aisleyne
Ineligible
Imogen
Glyn
No
Nominations
Aisleyne
Spiral
Michael Mikey
Imogen
Ineligible
Aisleyne
Imogen
Nikki Fourth Place
Nikki In Big
Brotherhood
Lea
Grace
Richard
Sam
Ineligible Lisa Aisleyne
Susie
Ineligible
Richard
Lea
No
Nominations
  Next
Door
  Fifth Place
Jennie Not in
House
Ineligible Exempt No
Nominations
Michael
Jayne
Spiral Susie
Imogen
Ineligible
Aisleyne
Imogen
Nikki Sixth Place
Imogen In Big
Brotherhood
Banned Banned Ineligible
Lea Richard
Susie
Ineligible
Richard
Lea
No
Nominations
Richard
Jayne
Michael Richard
Jennie
Ineligible
Richard
Pete
Susie Not in
House
Nikki
Grace
Lisa
Mikey
Nikki
Imogen
Ineligible
Lea
Glyn
No
Nominations
Michael
Spiral
Michael Mikey
Jennie
 
Mikey In Big
Brotherhood
Richard
Lisa
Sam
Aisleyne
Ineligible
Lea
Susie
Richard
Susie
Ineligible
Richard
Nikki
No
Nominations
Richard
Susie
Susie Susie
Jennie
  Next
Door
 
Spiral Not in
House
Next
Door
Exempt No
Nominations
Jennie
Richard
Richard  
Michael Not in
House
Ineligible Exempt No
Nominations
Jennie
Richard
Richard  
Jayne Not in
House
Ineligible Exempt No
Nominations
Aisleyne
Imogen
 
Lea In Big
Brotherhood
Sezer
Lisa
Nikki
Richard
Ineligible
Imogen Aisleyne
Susie
Ineligible
Susie
Richard
  Next
Door
 
Jonathan Not in
House
Next
Door
Lisa In Big
Brotherhood
Lea
Richard
Banned Immune Nikki  
Grace In Big
Brotherhood
Lea
Richard
Aisleyne
Sam
Ineligible   Next
Door
 
Sam Not in
House
Exempt Lea
Richard
 
Sezer In Big
Brotherhood
Banned
George In Big
Brotherhood
Ineligible
Bonnie Not In Big
Brotherhood
Dawn Not In Big
Brotherhood
Shahbaz In Big
Brotherhood

Game History[]

Week 1[]

Glyn Wise
 Nominee 
 
Glyn
Bonnie Holt
 Evicted
 78% to Evict
 
 
Bonnie
Dawn Blake
 Nominee 
Ejected
 
 
Dawn
Shahbaz Chauhdry
 Walked 
 
Shahbaz

Week 2[]

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace
 Entered 
 Exempt
 
 
Aisleyne
Sam Brodie
 Entered 
 Exempt
 
 
Sam
Lea Walker
 Nominee 
 
Lea
Richard Newman
 Nominee 
 
Richard
Sezer Yurtseven
  Evicted
 91.6% to Evict
 
 
Sezer
George Askew
 Walked 
 
George

Week 3[]

Nikki Grahame
 Nominee
 46.3% to Evict
 
 
Nikki
Sam Brodie
 Evicted
 53.7% to Evict
 
 
Sam

Week 4[]

Susie Verrico
 Entered 
 
Susie
Nikki Grahame
 Nominee
 12.1% to Evict
 
 
Nikki
Grace Adams-Short
 Evicted
 87.9% to Evict
 
 
Grace

Week 5[]

Imogen Thomas
 Nominee 
 
Imogen
Mikey Dalton
 Nominee 
 
Mikey
Nikki Grahame
 Nominee 
 
Nikki
Lisa Huo
 Evicted
 60.3% to Evict
 
 
Lisa

Week 6[]

Susie Verrico
 Nominee
 32.7% to Move
 
 
Susie
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace
 Moved
 67.3% to Move
 
 
Aisleyne

Week 7[]

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace
 Next Door 
Exempt
 
 
Aisleyne
Jennie Corner
 Next Door 
Exempt
 
 
Jennie
Michael Cheshire
 Next Door 
Exempt
 
 
Michael
Glen "Spiral" Coroner
 Next Door 
Exempt
 
 
Spiral
Jonathan Leonard (UK 7)
 Next Door
Evicted
 
 
Jonathan
Jayne Kitt
 Entered 
 Exempt
 
 
Jayne
Richard Newman
 Nominee
 46.2% to Evict
 
 
Richard
Lea Walker
 Evicted
 53.8% to Evict
 
 
Lea

Week 8[]

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace
 Re-Entered 
Nominee
 
 
Aisleyne
Glyn Wise
 Nominee 
 
Glyn
Imogen Thomas
 Nominee 
 
Imogen
Jennie Corner
 Entered 
 Nominee
 
 
Jennie
Michael Cheshire
 Entered 
 Nominee
 
 
Michael
Mikey Dalton
 Nominee 
 
Mikey
Pete Bennett
 Nominee 
 
Pete
Richard Newman
 Nominee 
 
Richard
Glen "Spiral" Coroner
 Entered 
 Nominee
 
 
Spiral
Susie Verrico
 Nominee 
 
Susie
Nikki Grahame
 Evicted
 37.2% to Evict
 
 
Nikki

Week 9[]

Richard Newman
 Nominee
 32.9% to Evict
 
 
Richard
Jayne Kitt
 Evicted
 67.1% to Evict
 
 
Jayne

Week 10[]

Imogen Thomas
 Nominee 
 
Imogen
Pete Bennett
 Nominee 
 
Pete
Richard Newman
 Nominee 
 
Richard
Susie Verrico
 Nominee 
 
Susie
Michael Cheshire
 Evicted
 9.7% to Save
 
 
Michael
Glen "Spiral" Coroner
 Evicted
 9.7% to Save
 
 
Spiral

Week 11[]

Imogen Thomas
 Nominee 
 
Imogen
Jennie Corner
 Nominee 
 
Jennie
Mikey Dalton
 Evicted
 48.5% to Evict
(out of 4)
 
 
Mikey
Susie Verrico
 Evicted
 59.4% to Evict
(out of 3)
 
 
Susie

Week 12[]

Nikki Grahame
 Next Door
 Re-Entered
 
 
Nikki
Grace Adams-Short
 Next Door
 Re-Evicted
 
 
Grace
Lea Walker
 Next Door
 Re-Evicted
 
 
Lea
Mikey Dalton
 Next Door
 Re-Evicted
 
 
Mikey
Richard Newman
 Nominee
 38% to Evict
 
 
Richard
Imogen Thomas
 Evicted
 62% to Evict
 
 
Imogen

Week 13[]

Pete Bennett
 Winner
61.2% to win
(out of 2)
 
 
Pete
Glyn Wise
 Runner-Up
38.8% to win
(out of 2)
 
 
Glyn
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace
 Third Place
22% to win
(out of 3)
 
 
Aisleyne
Richard Newman
 Fourth Place
9.2% to win
(out of 4)
 
 
Richard
Nikki Grahame
 Fifth Place
6.5% to win
(out of 5)
 
 
Nikki
Jennie Corner
 Sixth Place
0.9% to win
(out of 6)
 
 
Jennie

Trivia[]

Ratings[]

Big Brother 7 (UK) Ratings
# Date Ratings
Week Episode Viewers
(in millions)
Share Rank
1 1 Thursday, May 18, 2006 7.14 30.61% 17
2 Friday, May 19, 2006 5.75 24.50% 26
3 Saturday, May 20, 2006 3.64 14.03% NR
4 Sunday, May 21, 2006 4.67 18.01% 43
5 Monday, May 22, 2006 4.80 17.99% 39
6 Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5.05 20.55% 32
7 Wednesday, May 24, 2006 5.67 22.35% 24
8 Thursday, May 25, 2006 5.17 22.35% 30
9 Friday, May 26, 2006 4.55 21.22% 43
10 Friday, May 26, 2006 4.78 22.13% 44
2 11 Saturday, May 27, 2006 3.26 14.46% NR
12 Sunday, May 28, 2006 3.44 14.32% NR
13 Monday, May 29, 2006 4.98 17.99% 38
14 Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4.24 15.50% 58
15 Wednesday, May 31, 2006 5.07 21.68% 33
16 Thursday, June 1, 2006 4.44 19.34% 44
17 Friday, June 2, 2006 4.57 21.86% 40
18 Friday, June 2, 2006 5.43 21.99% 32
3 19 Saturday, June 3, 2006 3.17 14.66% NR
20 Sunday, June 4, 2006 3.70 15.19% 70
21 Monday, June 5, 2006 4.65 17.76% 37
22 Tuesday, June 6, 2006 4.78 21.76% 34
23 Wednesday, June 7, 2006 5.05 23.79% 27
24 Thursday, June 8, 2006 4.77 22.59% 33
25 Friday, June 9, 2006 4.43 21.16% 42
26 Friday, June 9, 2006 5.19 24.43% 29
4 27 Saturday, June 10, 2006 3.66 18.04% 63
28 Sunday, June 11, 2006 4.95 20.74% 31
29 Monday, June 12, 2006 5.02 21.47% 31
30 Tuesday, June 13, 2006 4.95 18.65% 35
31 Wednesday, June 14, 2006 5.24 20.96% 27
32 Thursday, June 15, 2006 4.79 22.76% 39
33 Friday, June 16, 2006 4.76 22.03% 37
34 Friday, June 16, 2006 6.35 28.00% 18
5 35 Saturday, June 17, 2006 3.51 16.69% 70
36 Sunday, June 18, 2006 4.97 20.41% 34
37 Monday, June 19, 2006 5.00 20.17% 33
38 Tuesday, June 20, 2006 5.04 23.41% 31
39 Wednesday, June 21, 2006 3.11 14.13% NR
40 Wednesday, June 21, 2006 4.82 19.13% 43
41 Thursday, June 22, 2006 4.31 17.27% 48
42 Friday, June 23, 2006 5.14 23.47% 25
43 Friday, June 23, 2006 5.77 25.65% 22
6 44 Saturday, June 24, 2006 3.24 14.09% NR
45 Sunday, June 25, 2006 4.03 15.02% 55
46 Monday, June 26, 2006 4.88 19.31% 31
47 Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4.79 19.02% 33
48 Wednesday, June 28, 2006 5.33 27.22% 22
49 Thursday, June 29, 2006 4.97 23.16% 25
50 Friday, June 30, 2006 4.65 21.73% 38
51 Friday, June 30, 2006 6.24 28.19% 16
7 52 Saturday, July 1, 2006 3.21 15.39% NR
53 Sunday, July 2, 2006 4.87 20.33% 29
54 Monday, July 3, 2006 5.56 26.20% 16
55 Tuesday, July 4, 2006 4.60 18.80% 31
56 Wednesday, July 5, 2006 5.52 26.85% 18
57 Thursday, July 6, 2006 5.08 24.03% 23
58 Friday, July 7, 2006 4.93 24.18% 24
59 Friday, July 7, 2006 5.82 27.18% 14
8 60 Saturday, July 8, 2006 3.18 14.08% 69
61 Sunday, July 9, 2006 4.62 20.28% 37
62 Monday, July 10, 2006 4.86 21.06% 30
63 Tuesday, July 11, 2006 4.86 22.26% 27
64 Wednesday, July 12, 2006 4.73 23.48% 33
65 Thursday, July 13, 2006 5.30 26.96% 22
66 Friday, July 14, 2006 4.71 24.72% 29
67 Friday, July 14, 2006 6.16 30.13% 12
9 68 Saturday, July 15, 2006 2.87 15.12% NR
69 Sunday, July 16, 2006 3.75 15.93% 61
70 Monday, July 17, 2006 4.40 20.96% 36
71 Tuesday, July 18, 2006 4.32 20.55% 39
72 Wednesday, July 19, 2006 4.58 23.84% 33
73 Thursday, July 20, 2006 4.12 21.58% 48
74 Friday, July 21, 2006 4.46 24.75% 34
75 Friday, July 21, 2006 4.95 24.32% 27
10 76 Saturday, July 22, 2006 2.61 14.11% NR
77 Sunday, July 23, 2006 2.41 NR
78 Monday, July 24, 2006 4.22 21.90% 47
79 Tuesday, July 25, 2006 4.07 19.07% 46
80 Wednesday, July 26, 2006 4.74 25.55% 34
81 Thursday, July 27, 2006 4.94 25.76% 31
82 Friday, July 28, 2006 4.70 25.05% 32
83 Friday, July 28, 2006 4.68 24.81% 33
11 84 Saturday, July 29, 2006 3.05 14.90% NR
85 Sunday, July 30, 2006 4.22 18.21% 42
86 Monday, July 31, 2006 4.44 22.96% 48
87 Tuesday, August 1, 2006 4.45 19.52% 42
88 Wednesday, August 2, 2006 4.40 23.92% 46
89 Thursday, August 3, 2006 4.51 23.64% 44
90 Friday, August 4, 2006 5.03 25.47% 30
91 Friday, August 4, 2006 5.89 29.17% 23
12 92 Saturday, August 5, 2006 2.78m 13.99% NR
93 Sunday, August 6, 2006 3.81 16.22% 61
94 Monday, August 7, 2006 4.39 20.42% 50
95 Tuesday, August 8, 2006 5.49 23.39% 29
96 Wednesday, August 9, 2006 5.15 25.61% 34
97 Thursday, August 10, 2006 4.60 23.21% 43
98 Friday, August 11, 2006 5.59 25.95% 28
99 Friday, August 11, 2006 5.74 28.12% 27
13 100 Saturday, August 12, 2006 2.93 12.83% NR
101 Sunday, August 13, 2006 4.82 19.03% 36
102 Monday, August 14, 2006 4.85 22.61% 43
103 Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4.73 20.26% 37
104 Wednesday, August 16, 2006 4.51 22.44% 44
105 Thursday, August 17, 2006 4.50 22.11% 46
106 Friday, August 18, 2006 6.43 28.45% 21
107 Friday, August 18, 2006 8.20 38.50% 10
108 Sunday, August 20, 2006 2.29 9.66% NR

Big Brother's Big Brain Ratings
# Date Ratings
Week Episode Viewers
(in millions)
1 1 Monday, May 22, 2006 1.100
2 2 Monday, May 29, 2006 NR
3 3 Monday, June 5, 2006 1.070
4 4 Monday, June 12, 2006 1.020
5 5 Monday, June 19, 2006 0.920
6 6 Monday, June 26, 2006 1.220
7 7 Monday, July 3, 2006 1.100
8 8 Monday, July 10, 2006 0.950
9 9 Monday, July 17, 2006 1.620
10 10 Monday, July 24, 2006 1.850
11 11 Monday, July 31, 2006 1.490
12 12 Monday, August 7, 2006 1.790
13 13 Monday, August 14, 2006 1.960

Big Brother's Little Brother Ratings
# Date Ratings
Week Episode Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
1 1 Friday, May 19, 2006 0.540 NR
2 Sunday, May 21, 2006 NR
3 Tuesday, May 23, 2006 0.460 NR
4 Wednesday, May 24, 2006 0.677 14
5 Thursday, May 25, 2006 NR
6 Friday, May 26, 2006 0.520 NR
2 7 Sunday, May 28, 2006 0.500 NR
8 Tuesday, May 30, 2006 0.561 25
9 Wednesday, May 31, 2006 0.450 NR
10 Thursday, June 1, 2006 0.470 NR
11 Friday, June 2, 2006 NR
3 12 Sunday, June 4, 2006 0.520 21
13 Tuesday, June 6, 2006 NR
14 Wednesday, June 7, 2006 0.504 23
15 Thursday, June 8, 2006 NR
16 Friday, 9 Jun 0.575 16
4 17 Sunday, June 11, 2006 0.564 18
18 Tuesday, June 13, 2006 0.540 16
19 Wednesday, June 14, 2006 NR
20 Thursday, June 15, 2006 0.393 NR
21 Friday, June 16, 2006 0.591 16
5 22 Sunday, June 18, 2006 NR
23 Tuesday, June 20, 2006 0.643 5
24 Wednesday, June 21, 2006 0.349 NR
25 Thursday, June 22, 2006 0.542 17
26 Friday, June 23, 2006 NR
6 27 Sunday, June 25, 2006 0.532 13
28 Tuesday, June 27, 2006 0.494 NR
29 Wednesday, June 28, 2006 0.627 8
30 Thursday, June 29, 2006 0.367 NR
31 Friday, June 30, 2006 0.440 NR
7 32 Sunday, July 2, 2006 0.686 6
33 Tuesday, July 4, 2006 0.510 20
34 Wednesday, July 5, 2006 0.744 5
35 Thursday, July 6, 2006 NR
36 Friday, July 7, 2006 NR
8 37 Sunday, July 9, 2006 NR
38 Tuesday, July 11, 2006 0.531m 13
39 Wednesday, July 12, 2006 0.399 NR
40 Thursday, July 13, 2006 0.310 NR
41 Friday, July 14, 2006 0.341 NR
9 42 Sunday, July 16, 2006 0.575 12
43 Tuesday, July 18, 2006 NR
44 Wednesday, July 19, 2006 0.476m 8
45 Thursday, July 20, 2006 0.345 NR
46 Friday, July 21, 2006 0.406 NR
10 47 Sunday, July 23, 2006 NR
48 Tuesday, July 25, 2006 0.243 NR
49 Wednesday, July 26, 2006 0.390 22
50 Thursday, July 27, 2006 0.319 NR
51 Friday, July 28, 2006 0.325 NR
11 52 Sunday, July 30, 2006 NR
53 Tuesday, August 1, 2006 0.440 16
54 Wednesday, August 2, 2006 0.367 NR
55 Thursday, 3 Aug 0.369 NR
56 Friday, 4 Aug 0.440 16
12 57 Sunday, August 6, 2006 NR
58 Tuesday, August 8, 2006 0.435 NR
59 Wednesday, August 9, 2006 0.507 17
60 Thursday, August 10, 2006 0.339 NR
61 Friday, August 11, 2006 0.532 11
13 62 Sunday, August 12, 2006 NR
63 Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1.195m NR
64 Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1.102 NR
65 Thursday, August 17, 2006 1.088 NR
66 Friday, August 18, 2006 1.377 NR
67 Sunday, August 20, 2006 2.100 NR

Big Brother's Big Mouth Ratings
# Date Ratings
Week Episode Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
1 1 Thursday, May 18, 2006 1.675 1
2 Friday, May 19, 2006 0.918 6
3 Tuesday, May 23, 2006 0.974 2
4 Wednesday, May 24, 2006 0.848 7
5 Thursday, May 25, 2006 0.763 8
6 Friday, May 26, 2006 0.930 3
2 7 Tuesday, May 30, 2006 0.623 18
8 Wednesday, May 31, 2006 0.661 12
9 Thursday, June 1, 2006 0.576 21
10 Friday, June 2, 2006 0.827 4
3 11 Tuesday, June 6, 2006 0.594 15
12 Wednesday, June 7, 2006 0.702 5
13 Thursday, June 8, 2006 0.704 3
14 Friday, June 9, 2006 0.723 2
4 15 Tuesday, June 13, 2006 0.674 6
16 Wednesday, June 14, 2006 0.694 6
17 Thursday, June 15, 2006 0.388 NR
18 Friday, June 16, 2006 0.935 2
5 19 Tuesday, June 20, 2006 0.626 8
20 Wednesday, June 21, 2006 0.631 9
21 Thursday, June 22, 2006 0.523 22
22 Friday, June 23, 2006 0.641 7
6 23 Tuesday, June 27, 2006 0.419 NR
24 Wednesday, June 28, 2006 0.663 NR
25 Thursday, June 29, 2006 0.611 9
26 Friday, June 30, 2006 0.560 19
7 27 Tuesday, July 4, 2006 0.432 NR
28 Wednesday, July 5, 2006 0.885 4
29 Thursday, July 6, 2006 0.684 10
30 Friday, July 7, 2006 0.642 12
8 31 Tuesday, July 11, 2006 0.462 20
32 Wednesday, July 12, 2006 0.639 10
33 Thursday, July 13, 2006 NR
34 Friday, July 14, 2006 0.934 1
9 35 Tuesday, July 18, 2006 0.451 17
36 Wednesday, July 19, 2006 0.303 NR
37 Thursday, July 20, 2006 0.341 NR
38 Friday, July 21, 2006 0.411 NR
10 39 Tuesday, July 25, 2006 0.343 NR
40 Wednesday, July 26, 2006 0.273 NR
41 Thursday, July 27, 2006 0.418 22
42 Friday, July 28, 2006 0.456 16
11 43 Tuesday, August 1, 2006 0.326 NR
44 Wednesday, August 2, 2006 NR
45 Thursday, August 3, 2006 0.377 NR
46 Friday, August 4, 2006 0.73o 2
12 47 Tuesday, August 8, 2006 0.765 4
48 Wednesday, August 9, 2006 0.543 10
49 Thursday, August 10, 2006 0.496 NR
50 Friday, August 11, 2006 0.917 3
13 51 Tuesday, August 15, 2006 0.398 NR
52 Wednesday, August 16, 2006 0.496 NR
53 Thursday, August 17, 2006 0.559 20
54 Friday, August 18, 2006 1.430 2

Big Brother: Diary Room Uncut Ratings
# Date Ratings
Week Episode Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
1 1 Monday, May 22, 2006 0.340 NR
2 2 Saturday, May 27, 2006 NR
3 Monday, May 29, 2006 NR
3 4 Saturday, June 3, 2006 NR
5 Monday, June 5, 2006 NR
4 6 Saturday, June 10, 2006 NR
7 Monday, June 12, 2006 NR
5 8 Saturday, June 17, 2006 0.500 23
9 Monday, June 19, 2006 0.392 NR
6 10 Saturday, June 24, 2006 NR
11 Monday, June 26, 2006 NR
7 12 Saturday, July 1, 2006 NR
13 Monday, July 3, 2006 0.288 NR
8 14 Saturday, July 8, 2006 NR
15 Monday, July 10, 2006 0.346 NR
9 16 Saturday, July 15, 2006 0.291 NR
17 Monday, July 17, 2006 0.194 NR
10 18 Saturday, July 22, 2006 NR
19 Monday, July 24, 2006 0.152 NR
11 20 Saturday, July 29, 2006 0.280 NR
21 Monday, July 31, 2006 0.273 NR
12 22 Saturday, August 5, 2006 0.233 NR
23 Monday, August 7, 2006 NR
13 24 Saturday, August 12, 2006 NR
25 Monday, August 14, 2006 NR

Streaming & Specials Ratings
Week Title Date Ratings
Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
- Big Brother: Love Stories Wednesday, May 17, 2006 0.593 17
1 Live Streaming Wednesday, May 24, 2006 0.481 NR
2 Live Streaming Tuesday, May 30, 2006 0.668 6
Live Streaming Thursday, June 1, 2006 0.170 NR
4 Live Streaming Tuesday, June 13, 2006 0.593 8
Live Streaming Thursday, June 15, 2006 0.103 NR
Live Streaming Friday, June 16, 2006 0.177 NR
Live Streaming 0.540 16
5 Live Streaming Monday, June 19, 2006 0.223 NR
7 Live Streaming Tuesday, July 4, 2006 0.395 NR
Live Streaming Thursday, July 6, 2006 0.379 NR
9 Live Streaming Monday, July 17, 2006 0.098 NR
10 Live Streaming Tuesday, July 25, 2006 0.251 NR
Live Streaming Friday, July 28, 2006 0.123 NR
11 Live Streaming Saturday, July 29, 2006 0.168 NR
Live Streaming Thursday, August 3, 2006 0.118 NR
Live Streaming Friday, August 4, 2006 0.734 NR
12 Live Streaming Tuesday, August 8, 2006 0.531 9
13 Live Streaming Friday, August 18, 2006 0.399 NR
- Big Brother Winner's Week Sunday, August 27, 2006 2.295 -

Controversies[]

Housemate Selections[]

Season 7 was initially criticized for the selection of the initial sixteen housemates that could be viewed as vulnerable by the viewing public. These housemates included Pete with Tourette's,[5][6]Shahbaz had to have close monitoring after several emotional breakdowns[7], Lea was suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, Nikki had been suffering from anorexia[8], and Sam had admitted to being excluded by their family due to their sexuality and gender identity.

Speaking in Welsh[]

During the launch of the season, two Welsh contestants entered the house, Glyn Wise and Imogen Thomas. During one conversation, Glyn was warned by Big Brother for speaking to Imogen in the Welsh language, even though it was his first language.[9] It was deemed by Big Brother that speaking in the Welsh language could be deemed as a "code" since not all housemates could speak the language.

When Glyn was in the Diary Room, he stated, "But Welsh is British". In which Big Brother replied, "It's not English, and could be considered to be talking in code."

In response the Welsh Language Society reached out to Big Brother producers in outrage stating, "Are we moving towards a state where 'Big Brother' is watching over us and deciding what language we can and cannot speak?"

Producers stated, "Housemates are free to talk in any established language of their choosing. However, any discussion that is deemed to be against Big Brother rules may be punishable. Big Brother is multi-lingual and always listening."

As a response, Glyn and Imogen were able to continue to speak to one another in Welsh. If anytime the two used Welsh words, English subtitles would appear on the screen for non-Welsh native speakers to understand.

Return of Evicted Housemates[]

References[]

References
  1. Manchester Evening News (5 May 2006). Golden ticket winner to star in BB. Manchester Evening News. Retrieved on 2 July 2022.
  2. Banham, Mark (9 June 2006). Big Brother golden ticket winner will be picked from 35. Campaign US. Archived from the original on 3 July 2022. Retrieved on 3 July 2022.
  3. Sweney, Mark (13 September 13, 2006). ASA clears Big Brother's 'golden ticket' promotion. The Guardian. Archived from the original on 13 September 2006. Retrieved on 3 July 2022.
  4. TEN, ESS & Masterfoods announce BB Golden Key. Network Ten (29 January 2007). Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved on 2 July 2022.
  5. Tourette's housemate 'exploited'. BBC News (19 May 2006). Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved on 5 July 2022.
  6. Atkinson, Rebecca (10 July 2006). Big Brother's 'freak show' has produced the first warts-and-all disabled person on TV - when will the soaps follow?. The Guardian. Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. Retrieved on 5 July 2022.
  7. Shahbaz walks out of Big Brother. BBC News (24 May 2006). Archived from the original on 18 December 2006. Retrieved on 5 July 2022.
  8. Wilson, Emily (29 June 2006). The lovely bones. The Guardian.
  9. Big Brother's warning over Welsh. BBC News (19 May 2006). Archived from Big Brother's warning over Welsh the original on 5 May 2021. Retrieved on 5 July 2022.

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