Sorry, Omarosa: Only about six million people watched your confession in Episode 2 of “Celebrity Big Brother” that you’d never vote for Donald Trump again. While those ratings are slightly up from last summer’s second episode, they’re down 22% from the season premiere when the 11 celeb houseguests began the three-week competition. The reason? NBC’s Olympics coverage won a gold medal on Thursday with a whopping 14.5 million people tuning in for the first night of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Of course, overnight ratings are just a portion of the story. Countless more people watched both shows online as “Celebrity Big Brother” and the Olympics are both available to stream. “Big Brother’s” numbers should also increase once DVR playback is factored in, which is how many fans choose to watch CBS’s long-running reality TV show.
Including Omarosa’s confession, the second night of “Celebrity Big Brother” was one of the most dramatic ever. After “American Pie” actress Shannon Elizabeth won the Head of Household competition, host Julie Chen threw a potential wrinkle in her crown by saying that a new Recast twist could shake up the entire game. How did the Recast drama play out?
After UFC mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell decided to open his gift bag in the hopes that could overthrow the HOH, many of Shannon’s alliance members announced they wanted to open their bags in response. Since only one person could open their swag bag, all of the eligible houseguests had to draw a colored chip. “The Cosby Show” actress Keshia Knight Pulliam picked the correct color, so she overthrew Shannon and became the new Head of Household.
Keshia quickly nominated two of the rival men for elimination: Chuck and Big Time Rush singer and actor James Maslow. On Friday’s live episode, find out which houseguest will win the Power of Veto. Will the Veto medallion be used to remove Chuck or James from the block, or will win of them be the first evicted from “Celebrity Big Brother”?
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