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Big Brother Australia: Ratings nosedive for season premiere


Who’s watching? Big Brother’s ratings nosedive as the new season premiere fails to attract viewers

Big Brother Australia premiered to dismal ratings on Monday night.

The first episode of the new season failed to crack half a million metro viewers, according to industry website TV Tonight.

The season 14 launch attracted just 487,000 viewers across the five major cities. 

Disappointing: Big Brother Australia premiered to dismal ratings on Monday night. (Pictured: Big Brother host Sonia Kruger)

The show trailed behind Nine’s Lego Masters and 10’s MasterChef. 

Afternoon game show The Chase Australia was the most watched entertainment show of the day with 588,000 viewers. 

Channel Seven is no doubt hoping Big Brother will draw a bigger audience on its streaming platform 7plus. 

Bad start: The season 14 launch attracted just 487,000 viewers across the five major cities, trailing behind Nine's Lego Masters and 10's MasterChef

Bad start: The season 14 launch attracted just 487,000 viewers across the five major cities, trailing behind Nine’s Lego Masters and 10’s MasterChef

Despite its ‘fans vs favourites’ gimmick, Big Brother failed to impress viewers who made their feelings known on Twitter.

Viewers were happy to see returning legends such as Reggie Bird, Tim Dormer and ‘Farmer Dave’ Graham, but they weren’t pleased with the pre-recorded format.

Big Brother included live elements during its original run on Channel 10. 

Mixed reception: Viewers were happy to see returning legends such as Reggie Bird (right), Tim Dormer (left) and Dave Graham (centre), but weren't pleased with the pre-recorded format

Mixed reception: Viewers were happy to see returning legends such as Reggie Bird (right), Tim Dormer (left) and Dave Graham (centre), but weren’t pleased with the pre-recorded format

‘I miss when Big Brother was filmed live!’ one fan tweeted, while another added: ‘Is this pre-recorded again?’

‘Remember on launch night they used to go in one by one and get a little background package, and they used to walk down and the crowd used to cheer so loud. We’ve been robbed,’ another wrote.

Others were left cringing at the ‘fake crowd sounds’ heard when housemates entered the house to meet host Sonia Kruger at the door.

'Fake audience': Big Brother included live elements during its original run on Channel 10, and many fans said they weren't happy with the switch to a pre-recorded format

‘Fake audience’: Big Brother included live elements during its original run on Channel 10, and many fans said they weren’t happy with the switch to a pre-recorded format 

When Seven revived Big Brother in 2020 after it previously aired on 10 and Nine, it was the first time the entire presentation was pre-recorded 

Sonia explained why this was a case during an interview on Sunrise at the time.

She said: ‘In the past you would have 24 hours to turn an episode around, so the shows were live at the top and tail, but what you saw in the middle was recorded the day before.

‘So if you had a quiet day or the weather was bad, you ended up with a slightly boring episode.

‘Because this was pre-recorded, we’ve had time to craft every single episode so they’re jam-packed from start to finish.’

Big Brother continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven

Next instalment: Big Brother continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven

Next instalment: Big Brother continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven 

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