Big Brother 21 (American season)
|Big Brother 21 (American season)|
|Hosted by||Julie Chen Moonves|
|No. of days||99|
|No. of houseguests||16|
|Companion show||Big Brother: After Dark|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Original release||June 25, 2019 –|
|Filming dates||June 19, 2019 – present|
Big Brother 21 is the twenty-first season of the CBS American reality television series Big Brother. It is based upon the Dutch series of the same name. In May 2019, CBS announced that the series had been renewed through its twenty-second season. CBS later announced the season was set to premiere on June 25, 2019. In the season, 16 new competitors, known as HouseGuests, are set to compete. Each week in the game, HouseGuests compete in a series of competitions to win power and safety, then vote to evict one of their own until there are only two remaining. In the finale episode, previous HouseGuests vote on who they think they should win the game with the HouseGuest who receives the most votes being declared the winner. The season is expected to contain 40 episodes and conclude with a 90-minute season finale on September 25, 2019.
- 1 Production
- 2 Format
- 3 HouseGuests
- 4 Episodes
- 5 Have-Nots
- 6 Voting history
- 7 Viewing figures
- 8 Controversies and criticisms
- 9 References
CBS announced that Big Brother had been renewed for a twenty-first and twenty-second season on May 15, 2019. CBS later announced on May 20, 2019 that the twenty-first season was set to premiere on June 25, 2019. Unnamed insiders close to the production of the show previously cast doubt if Julie Chen Moonves would return to host following sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former CBS CEO Les Moonves. Chen Moonves, however, returned for the second season of Celebrity Big Brother and it was later announced that she would return as host of the main series as well. Despite not having an official renewal announcement from CBS at the time, casting for the season was open until April 2019. Kassting, Inc. returned to provide casting services for a twentieth consecutive season since Big Brother 2, with Robyn Kass serving as the casting director. Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan returned as executive producers for the series which is produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America. The season featured an initial timeslot change from previous seasons; new episodes aired on a Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday schedule through the first six episodes before returning to a traditional Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday schedule as in previous seasons. The 24/7 internet live feeds also returned with a CBS All Access subscription following the two-night season premiere on June 26. Big Brother: After Dark returned on Pop for its fourteenth season overall and fifth season on Pop following the two-night premiere on June 26 or June 27, depending on viewers local time zones. Off the Block with Ross and Marissa did not return for a second season as an aftershow interviewing HouseGuests after their eviction.
As with previous seasons, the program is filmed at CBS Studios, soundstage 18 in Studio City, California in a custom-built two story house. The House is equipped with 94 high-definition cameras and over 113 microphones in order to monitor and record the HouseGuests. The living room, three bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, bathroom and lounge room are located on the first floor. The Head of Household bedroom and bathroom and an additional lounge area known as the "Sky Bridge" are located on the second floor. The second floor is accessible by a ladder located in the entry way or a spiral staircase located in the kitchen next to the sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard. The backyard area features outdoor amenities for the HouseGuests. The house also features two diary rooms where the HouseGuests can privately share thoughts or send requests to producers of the series. Entertainment Tonight showed the first look at the house with Kevin Frazier during their episode on the night of June 20, 2019. Entertainment Tonight then released a sneak peek of the house through a brief tour on their website on June 21. Meanwhile, a full house tour with Chen Moonves and other photos were released through Big Brother's and CBS' social media outlets including IGTV/Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
The Big Brother 21 house theme matched the season's overall theme and received a camp theme; Production Designer Scott Storey designed the house's features. The living room features a birch-wood coffee table and a large and a 23-foot triangular window illuminated by LED lights. The first bedroom features a "sleeping under the stars" theme and includes two double-beds and the exterior of a camper. The camper, is only a facade into the second bedroom which features three double-beds and is assumed to be that of a camp counselors bedroom. The third and final downstairs bedroom is a sports-themed bedroom primarily based on archery. In the kitchen, many of the appliances have been redone in an attempt to blend them in with the rest of the theme, with an electronic campfire added to the center of the formal dining table. The downstairs lounge area received a boat theme, while the bathroom received a boat house-like theme. The upstairs lounge area, for the first time in the series history, is also accessible by a ladder from the entryway and has been updated to resemble a tree house; the Head of Household bedroom and bathroom have been changed to resemble a Moroccan-style bedroom and is expected to resemble glamping. The backyard features a pool with kayaks and an attached hot tub, lawn chairs surround the backyard which also features a pool table and a washer and dryer, workout equipment, outdoor lounge areas, a hammock and a mini-fridge.
The last remaining HouseGuest is set to receive $500,000. The runner-up of the season is set to receive $50,000 while the HouseGuest deemed America's Favorite Player is set to receive $25,000. As part of a promotion for new CBS series Love Island, Sam Smith won a trip to Fiji in a Power of Veto competition. During another Power of Veto competition, Kathryn Dunn received a trip to Hawaii and Nick Maccarone was awarded $5,000.
The contestants referred to as "HouseGuests" are sequestered in the Big Brother House with no contact to or from the outside world. Each week, the HouseGuests take part in several compulsory challenges that determine who will win power in the house. At the start of each week, the HouseGuests compete in the Head of Household (HoH) competition. The winner of the HoH competition is immune from eviction and will select two HouseGuests to be nominated for eviction. Each week, six HouseGuests are selected to compete in the Power of Veto (PoV) competition: the reigning HoH and the nominees are guaranteed to play with the remaining slots being given to other HouseGuests selected by random draw. The winner of the PoV competition wins the right to either revoke the nomination of one of the nominated HouseGuests or leave them as is. If the veto winner uses this power, the HoH must immediately nominate another HouseGuest for eviction. The PoV winner is also immune from being named as the replacement nominee. On eviction night, all HouseGuests must vote to evict one of the nominees, with the exception of the nominees and the Head of Household (unless the vote ends in a tie, in which case the HoH must publicly cast their vote). This compulsory vote is conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room. The nominee with the most votes is evicted from the house. The last nine evicted HouseGuests will vote for the winner on the season finale. These "Jury Members" will be sequestered in a separate house and not be allowed to watch the show except for competitions and ceremonies that include all of the remaining HouseGuests. The jury members will not be shown any Diary Room interviews or any footage that may include strategy or details regarding nominations.
On the first premiere night, Julie announced that the HouseGuests would vote for a Camp Director. That person would be safe from the first eviction as well, but they had to select four HouseGuests to banish. Those four HouseGuests would then compete to get back into the house. The three winners would go back into the house while the loser stayed banished and did not return. Jackson was elected Camp Director and banished Cliff, David, Jessica and Kemi. David stayed banished when he lost the competition.
On the second premiere night, Julie announced the Whacktivity Competition where a game-changing twist would be unleashed onto the house. Every week for the first three weeks, five designated HouseGuests, unless previously evicted (denoted with
strikethrough text), would play in the competition to win a special power in the house.
(winner in green)
|1||Nightmare||Cliff||Nightmare Power||During the night, Ovi can secretly wake up the house and call a new Nomination Ceremony, with the Head of Household naming two new nominees. The original nominees would have immunity for the week. The power is able to be used for the first six Nominations.||Not used|
|2||Chaos||Holly||Chaos Power||After chips have been drawn for a Veto player draw, Jack can force a re-draw for the players. This power can only be used once and is able to be used until there are six players left in the game.||Used in Week 4|
Analyse, Kathryn, Sam
||At any of the next four Power of Veto Ceremonies, Christie can turn the Golden Power of Veto into a Diamond Power of Veto, which will allow its holder to pull someone off the nomination block and then, instead of the Head of Household naming the replacement nominee, the Veto holder names the replacement.||Not used|
During the first live eviction show, Julie announced to the audience that the first person voted out of the game would not go anywhere. After revealing Ovi's eviction, the HouseGuests were told that the evicted HouseGuest would not leave the house as normal, but live inside the house as part of Camp Comeback. At this time, David returned to the house. One of the first four HouseGuests to be eliminated would win their way back into the game. The evicted HouseGuests would not compete in competitions or ceremonies and would sleep in a special bedroom. The four HouseGuests, David, Ovi, Kemi and Cliff, competed immediately after Cliff's eviction on Day 30. Cliff won and made his way back into the game, joining Big Brother 18 HouseGuest Victor Arroyo as the only HouseGuests in Big Brother history to re-enter the game twice in the same season, while David, Ovi and Kemi were forced to immediately leave the house for good.
America's Field Trip
A twist called America's Field Trip was teased at the end of the July 25, 2019 eviction episode. On the August 1, 2019 eviction episode, it was revealed that America would vote for three HouseGuests who would compete against one another, with the winner being given immunity for the week, the runner-up being given a punishment and the loser being a third nominee. Should this third nominee be vetoed, no replacement nominee would be named, with only the HoH's two nominees facing the eviction vote. Voting for America's Field Trip opened shortly after the twist was revealed on the August 1, 2019. Voting closed on August 9, 2019, with the competition taking place shortly after. That same day, Analyse, Christie and Jackson were voted in to competed in the competition. Jackson won, meaning he was immune from eviction for that week. Analyse was the runner-up and received a punishment. Christie lost and was nominated as the third nominee.
On June 10, 2019, CBS reported that the cast would be revealed on June 17, 2019 on Big Brother live feeds to viewers with a CBS All Access subscription. Former Big Brother HouseGuest Jeff Schroeder returned to host pre-season interviews with the cast after being replaced by Celebrity Big Brother alum Ross Mathews for the previous season. While not intended as a twist to the game, some HouseGuests have pre-existing relationships with each other, such as Christie and Tommy (Christie dated Tommy's aunt for seven years) and Holly and Kathryn (acquaintances who have competed in Beauty Pageants).
Camp Comeback HouseGuests
The first four HouseGuests to be evicted (or in David's case, banished) moved upstairs to a special room called Camp Comeback. On Day 30, these four competed against each other in order to re-enter the game. Cliff won and re-entered the game, joining Big Brother 18 HouseGuest Victor Arroyo as the only HouseGuests in Big Brother history to re-enter the game twice in the same season, while David, Ovi and Kemi were forced to immediately leave the house for good.
|Name||Day entered||Day exited||Result|
|David Alexander||15||30||Lost competition|
|Ovi Kabir||15||30||Lost competition|
|Kemi Fakunle||23||30||Lost competition|
|Cliff Hogg III||30||30||Won competition|
|Title||Day(s)||Original air date ||US viewers|
|707||1||"Episode 1"||Day 1||June 25, 2019||4.93||1.3/7|
|On Day 1, 16 new HouseGuests moved into the newly designed Big Brother house for up to 99 days and a chance to win the grand prize of $500,000. Following the move-in, the HouseGuests joined each other in the living room for formal introductions over champagne. As the HouseGuests began to settle in to the House, Julie informed them that they would vote for a Camp Director, who would be safe from the first eviction and have unprecedented power in the game. Some HouseGuests campaigned for Camp Director while others did not wish to have the role. In the backyard, each HouseGuest voted for who they thought should be the Camp Cirector. Jackson won with ten votes. Julie then informed Jackson that he would be forced to banish four people from the game. The four banished people would then compete against each other head-to-head with three of the four re-entering the game while the fourth would remain banished and be out of the game.|
|708||2||"Episode 2"||Days 1–2||June 26, 2019||4.52||1.1/6|
Jackson begins planning on who he should banish from the Big Brother house. Jackson chooses to banish Cliff, Kemi, Jessica and David from the game. The banished HouseGuests are escorted to the backyard where they begin their competition.
|709||3||"Episode 3"||Days 2–8||June 30, 2019||4.32||1.0/6|
Speculation begins on who Christie will put up on the block. Meanwhile, alliances begin to form in the house making other HouseGuests suspicious.
|710||4||"Episode 4"||Days 8–12||July 2, 2019||4.46||1.1/6|
Ahead of the Power of Veto, the HouseGuests picked players for the competition. Christie, Cliff and Kathryn, along with Sam, Jack and Nicole, participated, with Big Brother 20 winner Kaycee Clark returning to host.
|711||5||"Episode 5"||Days 12–15||July 3, 2019||4.25||1.1/7|
HouseGuests begin discussing final nominations and deciding who they want to evict. They then participated in the live vote and eviction by voting on who they wished to evict from the house. On Day 15, by a unanimous 12–0 vote, Ovi was the first to be evicted from the Big Brother house. Julie informed the HouseGuests that Ovi had been evicted from the house and the "Camp Comeback" twist was unleashed. The twist allows the evicted HouseGuests to remain inside the house where they live upstairs in a special room. They will continue to live inside but not participate in competitions or evictions. Once four HouseGuests are in Camp Comeback, they will compete against each other for a chance to re-enter the game. David then re-entered the house.
|712||6||"Episode 6"||Days 15–17||July 7, 2019||4.32||1.0/5|
The HouseGuests begin to make new plans with the Camp Comeback twist unleashed into the house.
|713||7||"Episode 7"||Days 17–20||July 10, 2019||4.15||1.1/6|
Ahead of the Power of Veto, the HouseGuests picked players for the competition. The Head of Household, Jack, Kemi and Jessica, along with Isabella, Jackson and Sam, participated, with Big Brother 20 runner-up Tyler Crispen returning to host.
|714||8||"Episode 8"||Days 20-23||July 11, 2019||4.05||1.0/6|
Christie overheard Cliff talking about his new alliance, "The Fellowship of the Zing," with Ovi and Nicole and the four pairs in the house. She relayed this information to the dominant alliance, made up of the four pairs. The HouseGuests had decided to evict Kemi for the entire week, but after the Veto Ceremony, the HouseGuests became undecided after Kemi told Jackson that Isabella was playing both sides of the house. On Day 23, by a 10–1 vote, with Jackson casting the only vote for Jessica, Kemi was the second to be evicted from the Big Brother house and was sent to join David and Ovi in Camp Comeback.
|715||9||"Episode 9"||Days 23–24||July 14, 2019||4.20||1.0/6|
The House begins to suspect who cast the rouge vote during the eviction process. Meanwhile, Nick begins debating on who to put up. Nick mentions that he's considering putting up Cliff and Jessica. Jackson attempts to pin the rouge vote on Nicole but confides in Jackson admitting who he actually voted for. Nick suspects Jackson is up to something as he continues to bring up the vote with Nicole's name and suspects the vote could've been him.
|716||10||"Episode 10"||Days 24–27||July 17, 2019||4.00||1.0/6|
The dominant alliance, Gr8ful, along with Sam, met in the Head of Household room. Isabella told them the story Nicole told them about how the Gr8ful alliance, minus Isabella and Nick, were targeting her and Nick, as well as calling them bullies. The others, getting caught in the lie, started getting furious and made Isabella and Nick change their minds and completely gun after Nicole to get her out this week. The eight, along with Sam, start a new alliance called Unde9able.
|717||11||"Episode 11"||Days 27–30||July 18, 2019||3.79||1.0/5|
The Gr8ful alliance formed a new alliance that excludes Nick and Isabella called the Six Shooters. The Six Shooters contemplate saving Nicole over Cliff. Nick and Isabella believe they secured the votes to evict Nicole while the Six Shooters progressively become more committed on the plan to blindside Cliff and send him home. On Day 30, by a vote of 6–4, with Isabella, Jessica, Kathryn and Sam voting to evict Nicole, Cliff became the third person to be evicted from the Big Brother house and entered Camp Comeback.
|718||12||"Episode 12"||Days 30–31||July 21, 2019||4.27||1.1/6|
After the vote, the Unde9able alliance blew up at each other and disbanded, leaving Nick and Isabella on the outs.
|719||13||"Episode 13"||Days 31–34||July 24, 2019||3.88||1.0/6|
A Have-Not ceremony took place, in which Cliff (as Head of Household) had to name the first four Have-Nots for the summer. He chose Christie, Jackson, Kathryn and Tommy, who had to eat slop for the week, take cold showers and sleep in the same room as the Camp Comeback room. After picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Jack used his Chaos Power to force a re-draw on the three additional players.
|720||14||"Episode 14"||Days 34–37||July 25, 2019||3.87||1.0/6|
Now on the Nomination Block as the replacement for Jackson, Isabella begins campaigning to stay in the House and makes compelling arguments. The production team shows a segment featuring Cliff's family as they discuss how he's doing on the game. The two nominees, Jack and Isabella, are given a final chance to try and convince the HouseGuests not to evict them. The HouseGuests then participated in the live vote and eviction by voting on who they wished to evict from the Big Brother house. On Day 37, by a vote of 8–2, with Nick (obviously) and Sam voting to evict Jack, Isabella was evicted from the House.
|721||15||"Episode 15"||Days 37–38||July 28, 2019||4.30||1.0/6|
|722||16||"Episode 16"||Days 38–41||July 31, 2019||3.82||1.1/6|
|723||17||"Episode 17"||Days 41–44||August 1, 2019||3.80||1.0/5|
A plan was set in motion to flip the vote to evict Kathryn and use Sam to go after the Six Shooters; however, after a very hectic lead up to eviction, including the breakup of the dominant Six Shooters alliance shown on Sunday's episode, the plan crumbled and flipped back to a unanimous vote by the time Chen Moonves announced it was time to vote. On Day 44, by a unanimous vote of 9–0, Sam was evicted from the House.
|724||18||"Episode 18"||Days 44–45||August 4, 2019||4.13||1.1/6|
Shown in a flashback, the full story of the chaotic, yet unsuccessful effort to flip the vote to evict Kathryn was explained. The fight ultimately ended up with Christie and Jackson yelling at each other over a "secret trio" of Kathryn, Holly and Jackson. As a result, the Six Shooters alliance fractured into smaller alliances of duos and trios. Kathryn, who had been affiliated with the Six Shooters alliance, was cast out. Cliff, Nick, Nicole and Jessica overheard the fight; Kathryn joined them after being outcast.
|725||19||"Episode 19"||Days 45–48||August 7, 2019||3.97||1.1/6|
|726||20||"Episode 20"||Days 48–51||August 8, 2019||3.87||1.0/6|
Jackson said he wouldn't campaign against Jack. The former Six Shooters had a meeting in the Have-Not room, but nothing was decided upon except for the fact that the "Six Shooters" alliance is done. Jack talked with Nick and Cliff to try and get their votes. On Day 51, by a vote of 6–2, with Analyse and Christie casting the only votes for Jackson, Jack was evicted from the House and became the first jury member. In his eviction interview, Jack was shown clips of controversial comments he'd made during the season.
|727||21||"Episode 21"||Days 51–52||August 11, 2019||4.58||1.2/7|
Tommy plans on targeting Kathryn; he talks with Christie about plans where she would be guaranteed to go home. Tommy also talks about getting the Six Shooters (minus Jack) back together for the week.
Nick promises to Tommy and Christie that if he wins the Power of Veto, he would take Christie off the block. Analyse receives her punishment: she has to wear a chicken costume. On Day 52, Tommy nominated Cliff and Kathryn for eviction, alongside Christie.
|728||22||"Episode 22"||Days 52–55||August 14, 2019||4.22||1.1/6|
|729||23||"Episode 23"||Days 55–58||August 15, 2019||4.18||1.0/6|
Nick gives Cliff an offer to form a six with him, Christie, Tommy, Nicole and Analyse to which he said he would "do in a heartbeat." Nick gives the same offer to Nicole, but she doesn't trust Nick. Nicole becomes the swing vote between evicting Cliff and Kathryn and both nominees campaign to Nicole to keep them. After Nicole tells Jessica about the new six-person alliance, Jessica tells Kathryn about the alliance they were left out of, throwing Nick and Cliff under the bus. This news spreads to Jackson and Holly, who plan on targeting Christie, Tommy, Nicole and Analyse. On Day 58, by a vote of 6–1, with Jessica casting the only vote for Cliff, Kathryn was evicted from the House and became the second jury member.
|730||24||"Episode 24"||Days 58–59||August 18, 2019||TBD||TBA|
On Day 59, Jackson nominated Analyse and Christie for eviction.
|731||25||"Episode 25"||TBA||August 21, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|732||26||"Episode 26"||TBA||August 22, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|733||27||"Episode 27"||TBA||August 25, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|734||28||"Episode 28"||TBA||August 28, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|735||29||"Episode 29"||TBA||August 29, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|736||30||"Episode 30"||TBA||September 1, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|737||31||"Episode 31"||TBA||September 4, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|738||32||"Episode 32"||TBA||September 5, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|739||33||"Episode 33"||TBA||September 8, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|740||34||"Episode 34"||TBA||September 11, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|741||35||"Episode 35"||TBA||September 12, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|742||36||"Episode 36"||TBA||September 15, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|743||37||"Episode 37"||TBA||September 18, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|744||38||"Episode 38"||TBA||September 19, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|745||39||"Episode 39"||TBA||September 22, 2019||TBD||TBA|
|746||40||"Episode 40"||TBA||September 25, 2019||TBD||TBA|
- This Head of Household competition began in episode 14 on Day 37. However, completion was not broadcast on television until episode 15.
- This Head of Household competition began in episode 17 on Day 44. However, completion was not broadcast on television until episode 18.
- This Head of Household competition began in episode 23 on Day 58. However, completion was not broadcast on television until episode 24.
|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|
- Weeks 1-3 did not have Have-Nots due to the Camp Comeback twist.
|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 8||Day 24||Day 30||Day 99||Finale|
|Head of Household||(none)||Christie||Jack||Nick||(none)||Cliff||Holly||Jessica||Tommy||Jackson||(none)|
|Head of Household||Kemi||Cliff||No
|Head of Household||Sam||Jack||Nominated|
|Isabella||Head of Household||Jack||Kathryn|
|Isabella||Sam||Nominated||Kathryn||Head of Household|
|Isabella||Sam||Head of Household||Cliff|
|Ovi||Kemi||Head of Household||No
|Isabella||Sam||Jack||Head of Household|
|Ovi||Head of Household||Cliff||No
10 of 16 votes
12 of 12 votes
10 of 11 votes
6 of 10 votes
8 of 10 votes
9 of 9 votes
6 of 8 votes
6 of 7 votes
- ^Note 1 : On Day 1, the HouseGuests were tasked with voting for a Camp Director. The HouseGuests were told that the Camp Director would receive Immunity for the first week but would have to put the games of other HouseGuests in jeopardy. Jackson was elected as Camp Director. He was tasked with "banishing" four HouseGuests, who would compete to stay in the house. Jackson chose to banish Cliff, David, Jessica and Kemi and David lost the competition. As he was immune, Jackson was ineligible to compete in the first Head of Household Competition.
- ^Note 2 : On Day 15, Camp Comeback was introduced. David returned to the house from sequester and the next three evicted HouseGuests (Ovi, Kemi and Cliff) remained in the house after getting voted out of the game. After Cliff's eviction, the Comeback HouseGuests competed to re-enter the game. Cliff won the competition, while David, Ovi and Kemi were all evicted.
- ^Note 3 : Week 7 featured the America's Field Trip competition. Analyse, Christie and Jackson were voted by America to compete. As the winner of the competition, Jackson was immune for the week. For finishing last, Christie was nominated as a third nominee (denoted in bold).
|No.||Title||Air date||Timeslot (ET)||Rating/share
|1||"Episode 1"||June 25, 2019||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||1.3/7||4.93||0.68||1.76||1.96||6.70|
|2||"Episode 2"||June 26, 2019||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/6||4.52||0.77||2.02||1.89||6.55|
|3||"Episode 3"||June 30, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.0/6||4.32||0.64||1.85||1.67||6.18|
|4||"Episode 4"||July 2, 2019||Tuesday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/6||4.46||0.62||1.58||1.69||6.04|
|5||"Episode 5"||July 3, 2019||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/7||4.25||0.67||1.75||1.72||6.06|
|6||"Episode 6"||July 7, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.0/5||4.32||0.54||1.44||1.59||5.76|
|7||"Episode 7"||July 10, 2019||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||1.1/6||4.15||0.64||1.66||1.73||5.82|
|8||"Episode 8"||July 11, 2019||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/6||4.05||0.57||1.49||1.62||5.55|
|9||"Episode 9"||July 14, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.0/6||4.20||0.60||1.54||1.63||5.76|
|10||"Episode 10"||July 17, 2019||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/6||4.00||0.60||1.63||1.61||5.64|
|11||"Episode 11"||July 18, 2019||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/5||3.79||0.62||1.65||1.60||5.45|
|12||"Episode 12"||July 21, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/6||4.27||0.53||1.37||1.64||5.66|
|13||"Episode 13"||July 24, 2019||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/6||3.88||0.47||1.19||1.49||5.09|
|14||"Episode 14"||July 25, 2019||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/6||3.87||0.49||1.25||1.53||5.15|
|15||"Episode 15"||July 28, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.0/6||4.30||0.46||1.23||1.49||5.55|
|16||"Episode 16"||July 31, 2019||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||1.1/6||3.82||0.52||1.30||1.60||5.14|
|17||"Episode 17"||August 1, 2019||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/5||3.80||0.48||1.26||1.47||5.09|
|18||"Episode 18"||August 4, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/6||4.13||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|19||"Episode 19"||August 7, 2019||Wednesday 9:00 p.m.||1.1/6||3.97||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|20||"Episode 20"||August 8, 2019||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/6||3.87||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|21||"Episode 21"||August 11, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.2/7||4.58||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|22||"Episode 22"||August 14, 2019||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/6||4.22||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|23||"Episode 23"||August 15, 2019||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||1.0/6||4.18||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|24||"Episode 24"||August 18, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|No.||Air date||Timeslot (ET)||Total viewers
(AMA[a] in millions)
|1||Tuesday, June 25, 2019||8:00 p.m.||1.385||3|||
|2||Wednesday, June 26, 2019||1.391||2|
|3||Sunday, June 30, 2019||1.154||6|
|4||Tuesday, July 2, 2019||0.983||9|||
|5||Wednesday, July 3, 2019||1.211||3|
|6||Sunday, July 7, 2019||1.042||7|
|7||Wednesday, July 10, 2019||9:00 p.m.||1.080||6|||
|8||Thursday, July 11, 2019||1.194||5|
|9||Sunday, July 14, 2019||8:00 p.m.||1.222||4|
|10||Wednesday, July 17, 2019||9:00 p.m.||1.217||5|||
|11||Thursday, July 18, 2019||1.099||6|
|12||Sunday, July 21, 2019||8:00 p.m.||1.097||7|
|13||Wednesday, July 24, 2019||9:00 p.m.||1.282||4|||
|14||Thursday, July 25, 2019||1.312||3|
|15||Sunday, July 28, 2019||8:00 p.m.||1.277||5|
|16||Wednesday, July 31, 2019||9:00 p.m.||1.060||7|||
|17||Thursday, August 1, 2019||0.899||10|
|18||Sunday, August 4, 2019||8:00 p.m.||1.174||5|
|19||Wednesday, August 7, 2019||9:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD|
|20||Thursday, August 8, 2019||TBD||TBD|
|21||Sunday, August 11, 2019||8:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD|
|22||Wednesday, August 14, 2019||TBD||TBD|
|23||Thursday, August 15, 2019||9:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD|
|24||Sunday, August 18, 2019||8:00 p.m.||TBD||TBD|
- Average Minute Audience (AMA) is the average number of individuals or (homes or target group) viewing a TV channel, which is calculated per minute during a specified period of time over the program duration.
Controversies and criticisms
Matthews and Michie's derogatory actions
Following the two-night season premiere, HouseGuest Jackson Michie received the "Camp Director" power and was required to choose four HouseGuests to banish. Michie's choice to banish included David Alexander and Kemi Fakunle, the season's only two black HouseGuests; Jessica Milagros, a Latina plus-size model; and Cliff Hogg, the oldest person in the house. This led in a result of some viewers accusing Michie of discriminating against race and age.  Viewers then also questioned the series for the Head of Household competition which occurred the same night and was named "Color War." But, other viewers suggested that Michie only picked Fakunle due to lack of communication and that Alexander, Milagros, and Hogg were only picked because they competed against him for the position of Camp Director. 
CBS disclaimer reportedly appearing more since the incident
Once the 24/7 live feeds began, some viewers began calling for CBS to remove HouseGuest Jack Matthews from the series after Matthews was seen on the live feeds making vicious and violent remarks about another HouseGuest, Kemi Fakunle, behind her back, in which Matthews said that she is "fucking poison"; ahead of the Power of Veto competition, he stated, "Bitch, you're fucking going up and you can play your fuckin' veto, but I'm gonna fuck you up!" Most notably, Matthews stated, "Fucking Kemi makes me want to fucking stomp a mudhole right through her chest." Aside from this, Matthews was also seen making other derogatory comments against other HouseGuests, including Ovi Kabir whom he called a "brown flame" and Jessica Milagros, whom he called a "maggot" and "Consuela." A Change.org petition was started in an attempt to get Matthews removed from the game for Fakunle's and others' safety. Matthews was warned by production about comments made and to prevent further such comments. Meanwhile, other live feed viewers state that the CBS disclaimer has appeared more since the incident. Many of Matthews' comments were addressed in episode 20 during his post-eviction interview with Julie Chen Moonves where he denied racism being behind any of the comments, though he did apologize for his actions that were deemed offensive.
The treatment of Nicole Anthony by the "Gr8ful" alliance during week 3 (and which was partially was shown during Episode 10) was sharply criticized by the viewing audience. The incident started when Anthony confided in Isabella Wang about her suspicions about a majority alliance spearheaded by Matthews and Michie that consisted of Holly Allen, Tommy Bracco, Christie Murphy and Analyse Talavera. Anthony feared that this group would come after Wang and Nick Maccarone, but Wang, who was included in this majority alliance called "Gr8ful" with Maccarone, immediately told the group about it. The alliance swiftly denied Anthony's idea that they would target the couple (despite live feed footage confirming that they did indeed plan to target them) and proceeded to speak very negatively of Anthony in the HoH room. At the beginning of week 4, Cliff Hogg, as the Head of Household, was required to name four HouseGuests to become have-nots for the week. Have-nots are required to take cold showers, eat only slop and sleep in less than ideal beds during the week. Along with three others, Hogg named HouseGuest Jackson Michie to become a have-not. Despite being named as a have-not, Michie was seen on the 24/7 live feeds breaking the have-not rules by stuffing his pockets full of food and eating it behind the shower wall out of camera view. Michie received no punishment normally given to HouseGuests who break the have-not rules. In past seasons of Big Brother, HouseGuests have received eviction votes or other penalties for breaking the have-not rules. Viewers of the series took to social media calling for Big Brother to enforce rules as done in the past by punishing Michie and not give special treatment.
Thom Sherman, CBS Executive responding to the incident in question
At the 2019 Television Critics Association, CBS executives were questioned about diversity and racism issues on Big Brother as well as fellow CBS reality television series Survivor and drama series Bull. In an open interview with CBS executives, Big Brother was accused of giving "contestants of color unfair cuts or early eliminations" as well as editing out comments by HouseGuests that have been interpreted as racist. CBS executives defended editors of the show stating that it's difficult to edit days worth of content into forty-minutes. Speaking on a similar but separate incident one press member specifically asked about situation of Kemi Fakunle, who, after being evicted, claimed series producers tried to goad her into playing the part of a "sassy black woman." The CBS executives in question responded by stating that they investigated the situation, found the producer in question overstepped, reprimanded the said producer, and as a result trained all of Big Brother's producers. Finally, CBS executives also stated that they would "closely reexamine Big Brother 21 and see if we can do better next year."
The use of animals in the week five Power of Veto competition sparked criticism from viewers and national organizations accusing CBS and Big Brother of animal cruelty. In the competitions sheep had been dressed with random numbers and competing HouseGuests were required to wrangle sheep into enclosed pins to add up to a pre-defined given number. PETA, also known as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, spoke out against CBS and Big Brother on social media stating that "Animals are not entertainment," "Animals are not yours to abuse," and calling for them to commit to not using live animals again. Additionally, viewers also took to social media calling for similar requests and speaking out against Big Brother's current and past use of animals as well, most notably the use of snakes and cockroaches in other competitions earlier in the season.
During Jack Matthews' live eviction interview, aired on episode 20, host Julie Chen Moonves said a racial slur in saying, "We didn't gyp you out of goodbye videos." The word "gyp" and "gypped" are considered racial slurs to Gypsies, just like how the word "jewed" is offensive to Jews. Some fans of the show commented on the situational irony when Chen Moonves was interviewing Matthews on many derogatory actions he made, yet proceeded to make a racial slur herself. However, many fans did not know it was such until complaints were made on social media. Chen Moonves has not yet addressed the matter.
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