Glass House which debuted on ABC network last night showed no sign of being a serious threat to Big Brother. CBS who had filed suit to prevent Glass House from debuting last night, but losing their case for now at least, should be able to compete with Glass House, even if it is allowed to run the full season.
Only 4.1 million fans watched the debut last night. In contrast the Big Brother 13 season opener in 2011, drew 7.8 million viewers and was No.1 in their time slot, for all but the next to last show of the 2011 season.
Glass House is like Big Brother in a lot of ways, but on the other hand the pace of the show was a little faster than of Big Brother for me at least. I can’t recall ever falling asleep during a Big Brother show, but was dozing before Glass House ended last night.
It will be interesting to see if Glass House ratings drop in their second week. The main difference in the two shows is that the viewers decide who goes home on Glass House. So if a particular house guest is unlikeable, they could be leaving the show in short order. On the other hand, if the viewers want a lot of drama they will let contestants who are unlikeable and mean stay on the show, so they can see more drama.
Glass House has about a three week head start on Big Brother. I don’t know why CBS is so worked up about the Glass House. They might be wary of overkill in Big Brother type shows.
X-Factor to me is a direct rip-off of American Idol, but there is no animosity between the two shows, because they both are on the Fox network.
The Voice at least has the rotating chairs and battle rounds to differ, from the Fox singing competitions.
If Glass House ratings drop from week to week and drop to the 2-3 million viewers range, they may not even last the entire summer.
Big Brother 14 will start in only 23 days on July 12, so Glass House would have already been on the air, for 24 days by the time Big Brother starts.
Meanwhile we will wait to see if the Glass House-Big Brother 14 battle continues in the courtroom, or whether the battle will be only on television screens in America.