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This article is about the English Version in the United States. For the Spanish Version, see Gran Hermano USA.

Big Brother is a popular international reality show franchise with an American version owned by CBS.

How it Works

BBUS Days Chart

The amount of days per season.

Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are 10-17 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.

American series

Episodes of Big Brother US (per season)

The amount of episodes per season

While most versions of Big Brother feature evictions that are voted on by polling television audiences over the phone or the internet, the American version shifted before Big Brother 2 to play off the popularity of Survivor and changed the format to have the other house guests evict players.

Retrieved from CBS
BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with dozens of high-definition cameras and microphones recording their every move, 24 hours a day. Each week, the houseguests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.[1]

History

The idea for the show is said to come during a brainstorm session at the production house of John de Mol Produkties (an independent part of Endemol) on 4 September 1997. The first Big Brother broadcast was in the Netherlands in 1999 on the Veronica TV channel. It was picked up by Germany, Portugal, USA, UK, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy the following year and became a worldwide sensation. Since then it has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 countries. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1948 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

As of Big Brother 21 (US), a total of 307 people have participated across 21 main broadcast seasons, one digital season, and two celebrity seasons, with 29 playing the game twice. Two out of those 29 then went on to play the game for a third time.

Usually the contestants are all strangers who are meeting each other for the first time when they move in, but in some seasons, twists have been implemented where at least two contestants know each other before entering the house, whether through a friendship, current or past relationship, or a familial connection. Not counting Returning Players or celebrity contestants, houseguests who have a pre-existing relationship hail from the following seasons: Big Brother 4 (US) through Big Brother 9 (US), Big Brother 17 (US), Big Brother: Over The Top and Big Brother 21 (US).

Editions

Big Brother (US) Seasons
Season Season Run Days HouseGuests Winner Runner-Up Final Vote
BBUS1 Logo
Big Brother 1 (US)
July 5, 2000 -
September 29, 2000
88 10
Eddie McGee
Josh Souza
59–27%1
BBUS2Logo
Big Brother 2 (US)
July 5, 2001 -
September 20, 2001
82 12
Will Kirby
Nicole Nilson Schaffrich
5-2 (6-3)
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Big Brother 3 (US)
July 10, 2002 -
September 25, 2002
Lisa Donahue
Danielle Reyes
9-1
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Big Brother 4 (US)
July 8, 2003 -
September 24, 2003
132
Jun Song
Alison Irwin
6-1
Big brother 5
Big Brother 5 (US)
July 6, 2004 -
September 21, 2004
143
Drew Daniel
Michael Ellis
4-3
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Big Brother 6 (US)
July 7, 2005 -
September 20, 2005
80 144
Maggie Ausburn
Ivette Corredero
4-3
BB7AllStarsLogo
Big Brother All-Stars (US)
July 6, 2006 -
September 12, 2006
72 145
Mike Malin
Erika Landin
6-1
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Big Brother 8 (US)
July 5, 2007 -
September 18, 2007
81 146
Dick Donato
Daniele Donato
5-2
Bb9 logo
Big Brother 9 (US)
February 12, 2008 -
April 27, 2008
167
Adam Jasinski
Ryan Quicksall
6-1
Bb10logo
Big Brother 10 (US)
July 13, 2008 -
September 16, 2008
71 13
Dan Gheesling
Memphis Garrett
7-0
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Big Brother 11 (US)
July 9, 2009 -
September 15, 2009
73 138
Jordan Lloyd
Natalie Martinez
5-2
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Big Brother 12 (US)
July 8, 2010 -
September 15, 2010
75 13
Hayden Moss
Lane Elenburg
4-3
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Big Brother 13 (US)
July 4, 2011 -
September 14, 2011
149
Rachel Reilly
Porsche Briggs
4-3
Big Brother 14 Logo
Big Brother 14 (US)
July 12, 2012 -
September 19, 2012
1610
Ian Terry
Dan Gheesling
6-1
Big Brother 15 Logo
Big Brother 15 (US)
June 26, 2013 -
September 18, 2013
90 16
Andy Herren
GinaMarie Zimmerman
7-2
Big Brother 16 (U.S.) Logo
Big Brother 16 (US)
June 25, 2014 -
September 24, 2014
97
Derrick Levasseur
Cody Calafiore
7-2
Big Brother 17 (U.S.) Logo
Big Brother 17 (US)
June 24, 2015 -
September 23, 2015
98 1711
Steve Moses
Liz Nolan
6-3
BB18 logo
Big Brother 18 (US)
June 22, 2016 -
September 21, 2016
99 1612
Nicole Franzel
Paul Abrahamian
5-4
Big Brother Over The Top Logo 2
Big Brother: Over The Top
September 28, 2016 -
December 1, 2016
65 1313
Morgan Willett
Jason Roy
Unknown1
BB18 logo
Big Brother 19 (US)
June 28, 2017 -
September 20, 2017
92 1714
Josh Martinez
Paul Abrahamian
5-4
CBB USA Logo
Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US)
February 7 - 25, 2018 26 1115
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Ross Mathews
6-3
BB18 logo
Big Brother 20 (US)
June 27, 2018 -
September 26, 2018
99 16
Kaycee Clark
Tyler Crispen
5-4
CBB USA Logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US)
January 21, 2019 -
February 13, 2019
29 1215, 16
Tamar Braxton
Ricky Williams
9-0
Big Brother USA 21 Logo
Big Brother 21 (US)
June 25, 2019 -
September 25, 2019
99 1617 To Be Determined
Big Brother Future Season
Big Brother 22 (US)
Summer 2020 To Be Announced To Be Determined


Notes
^1 The viewing public decided the winner of the season.

^2 Eight houseguests entered the house, followed by five houseguests that were ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends of five people from the original eight.
^3 Thirteen houseguests entered the house, including a set of identical twins secretly playing as one houseguest and a pair of siblings that didn't know of the other's existence. After surviving the first four evictions, the twins were allowed to compete as individuals.
^4 Fourteen houseguests entered the house, each with a secret partner unknown to the rest of the houseguests.
^5 The fourteen returning houseguests were chosen among twenty candidates — eight through public vote, and six by the producers.
^6 Eleven houseguests entered the house, with three "rivals" to three people from the original group watching them from inside of the HOH room that later joined the group.
^7 Sixteen houseguests were divided up into eight couples, including two relationships from outside the house.
^8 Twelve houseguests entered the house divided into four cliques. The clique who won the first HOH competition allowed a returning player allocated to their clique to enter the game.
^9 Eight houseguests entered the house divided into duos, followed by three additional sets of duos returning from past seasons.
^10 Twelve houseguests entered the house, followed by four returning houseguests as coaches who divided the houseguests into teams. The coaches later entered the game as fully fledged houseguests.
^11 Fourteen houseguests entered the house, including a set of identical twins secretly playing as one houseguest, followed by two houseguests that were crossing over from The Amazing Race 26. After surviving the first five evictions, the twins were allowed to compete as individuals.
^12 Twelve houseguests entered the house, followed by four returning players who divided up into teams.
^13 Twelve houseguests entered the house, including a pair of sisters, followed by one returning houseguest voted in by the audience.
^14 Sixteen houseguests entered the house, followed by one returning houseguest taking one of their spots on Night One.
^15 Instead of normal houseguests, celebrities occupied the house.
^16 Twelve people entered the house, but one of them was revealed to be a fake houseguest.
^17 Sixteen houseguests entered the house, including two friendships from outside the house.

Logo History

Ratings

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Big Brother (US) Average Viewers Per Season
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Avg Viewers
(in millions)
Episodes Network
Big Brother 1 July 5, 2000 September 29, 2000 9.10 70 CBS
Big Brother 2 July 5, 2001 September 20, 2001 7.90 30
Big Brother 3 July 10, 2002 September 25, 2002 8.70 33
Big Brother 4 July 8, 2003 September 24, 2003 8.80
Big Brother 5 July 6, 2004 September 21, 2004 8.30 31
Big Brother 6 July 7, 2005 September 20, 2005 7.24 30
Big Brother All-Stars July 6, 2006 September 12, 2006 7.56 28
Big Brother 8 July 5, 2007 September 18, 2007 7.52 33
Big Brother 9 February 12, 2008 April 27, 2008 6.56
Big Brother 10 July 13, 2008 September 16, 2008 6.72 29
Big Brother 11 July 9, 2009 September 15, 2009 7.19 30
Big Brother 12 July 8, 2010 September 15, 2010 7.76
Big Brother 13 July 4, 2011 September 14, 2011 7.95 29
Big Brother 14 July 12, 2012 September 19, 2012 6.79 30
Big Brother 15 June 26, 2013 September 18, 2013 6.47 36
Big Brother 16 June 25, 2014 September 24, 2014 6.41 40
Big Brother 17 June 24, 2015 September 23, 2015 6.18
Big Brother 18 June 22, 2016 September 21, 2016 5.78 42
Big Brother: Over The Top September 28, 2016 December 1, 2016 N/A 10 CBS All-Access
Big Brother 19 June 28, 2017 September 20, 2017 6.06 39 CBS
Celebrity Big Brother 1 February 7, 2018 February 25, 2018 5.05 13
Big Brother 20 June 27, 2018 September 26, 2018 5.41 40
Celebrity Big Brother 2 January 21, 2019 February 13, 2019 4.40 13
Big Brother 21 June 25, 2019 September 25, 2019 40
Big Brother 22 Summer 2020
Key: Increase in Viewership Decrease in Viewership

Network History

Civilian 1 2 3 4 5 6 AS 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 OTT 19 20 21
Celebrity 1 2
Main Show CBS CBS
Live Feeds AOL RealNetworks CBS All-Access
BBAD Showtime 2 TVGN Pop Pop

Trivia

  • Big Brother US used to have a theme song entitled "Live" performed by Jonathan Clarke. However it was only used in the show's first season and was dropped after major changes to the production and format took place before the second season started.
  • Big Brother US is the first international franchise to move away from the original format of Big Brother.
  • In every season to feature a male-female Final Two, the male houseguest has won, up until Big Brother 18, where Nicole Franzel beat out Paul Abrahamian by one vote. Coincidentally, so far every season after that, main or spin-off, the female houseguest has always won against the male.
  • There have been 13 men and 10 women who have won Big Brother US.

References

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