2:00pm PT by Rick Porter
'Big Brother' Renewed for Season 23 on CBS
CBS is sticking with Big Brother for another season.
The network has renewed its reality staple for a 23rd cycle, which is slated to return to its regular summer berth in 2021. Julie Chen Moonves will continue her hosting duties.
The pickup comes a few hours ahead of the show's season 22 finale on Wednesday night.
"At Big Brother, we always say 'expect the unexpected,' but 2020 gave us our biggest challenge to date. We could not be prouder of the entire team who delivered a fantastic season under such extreme circumstances," said Mitch Graham, senior vp alternative programming at CBS. "It feels fitting for this unprecedented season to conclude with an announcement of the show's return next summer."
Production on the current, all-star season of Big Brother was delayed by about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. It premiered in early August, and its multiple weekly airings hve helped CBS fill out an early fall schedule while most of its scripted series ramped up production for November premieres.
Big Brother has posted solid ratings throughout its run this season, with the Wednesday and Thursday editions essentially matching their year-ago performance — no small feat in a time when traditional TV usage has dropped by double digits. The show has also seen a spike in social interactions, improving by 75 percent over last season, per Nielsen Social figures.
Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan executive produce the show for Fly on the Wall Entertainment in association with Endemol Shine North America.