It has been three years since controversial reality television show Big Brother has aired on Australian networks, but the revival of the social experiment with Channel 9 this week, saw a spike in ratings.
The launch show on Monday night saw 1.618 million viewers tuning in to see Sonia Kruger reignite the Big Brother train, with the second episode on Tuesday night also earning second place for ratings–1.327 million viewers across the five mainland capital cities.
However, the reality television show has seen a downfall in viewers, losing out to Seven News the past three days, raising questions over whether Channel 9 hit the nail on the head with their highly-anticipated remake.
The audience shrunk by 400,000 viewers since Monday and Twitter’s #bbau hashtag was lost by Wednesday. And so, the analysis over why the network’s ratings have failed to capture an invested audience in their new pride and joy, is hitting social networking more than the actual show itself.
Channel 9 spent most of the last month advertising Big Brother as an improved entertainment for all–no “tossers”, no cake-faced Barbies…no one identifiable with any former contestants. But with the release of the 14 housemates into the House this week, I’m forced to observe the uncannienss that is the hypocritical statement of a bunch of individuals, who are exactly what the network promised they weren’t going to include in the ninth season of the show.
Maybe I am being too judgemental. I don’t know these people. But Big Brother allows people to sit comfortably in their lounge room and pick out every flaw and downright annoying aspect of each and every person in that House. And so, I have done just that.
There’s Michael, the stereotypical “bogan” (as Ben stated) who finds men that are good-looking to have next to no I.Q.
Bradley, the girls’ virgin-nerd play toy to groom, mother and give hints to “deflowering” to.
Josh, the surfer blonde whose fashion taste can be questioned.
Zoe, the farmer girl whose never had a boyfriend.
Layla, the English woman with curves and an obsession with her hair.
Stacey, the red-headed loud mouth with a husky voice.
Estelle, the token tomboy.
Ben, the token homosexual (though he was utterly offended when asked if he was gay).
Angie, the blonde bombshell who will no doubt capture all the guys’ hearts.
Charne, the betty-boop wannabe who’s all for theatre and “dazzling”. Note: She finds it extremely hard to get along with the “stereotypical” females in the house.
Sarah, the mother of the group but yet also the identified “hottie” by 18-year old Bradley.
Ryan, the obnoxious male model who has an ego too big to fit in the diary room.
Ray, the loud-mouth showoff who found it necessary to walk in like he owned the place when he entered as an intruder on the third night. Note, Ray: Do not call BB “mate” or other “offensive words” when you have just walked in. Also, five minutes into your entrance, and you are asking for chocolate milk? Ain’t none of that, sunshine.
George, (I’ll try not to spoil anything here) the dreadlocked, nervous boy who is the general nice guy of the house.
If Channel 9 was intending to include a bunch of Housemates that were different from other years, I can guarrantee that they have done the opposite. But, that being said, I have a secret lust for the show and will still sit in my bedroom judging every one of them until the very last eviction…and probably after. That’s what Big Brother is for. One question is left with me–can a reality television show, such as BB, ever escape the stereotypical identifications of personalities, like those in the years before, as well as 2012′s housemates? Can any television show actually escape stereotypes?
If they could, and did, would it even be worth watching?