In news that will come as no surprise to industry watchers, CBS has renewed a reality show that has been a staple of the unscripted television landscape for well over a decade. Deadline.com reports that the network will bring back "Big Brother" next year for its 16th cycle.
"Additionally, live, late-night companion show ‘Big Brother: After Dark,’ which moved from Showtime to new CBS sibling TVGN this summer, has been renewed for another installment on the basic cable network," the report notes.
Deadline adds: "’Big Brother,’ which recently marked its 500th episode, is averaging 7.29 million viewers and 2.6 ratings in adults 18-49 this summer. Despite impact from the prolonged blackout on Time Warner Cable, the reality veteran is up +11% in viewers and +8% in adults 18-49 vs. last summer."
Season 15, currently under way, is set to wrap with a 90-minute finale Wednesday, Sept. 18, leading out from the season premiere of "Survivor," the report notes.