Last night, Ragan came out of the diary room fuming as production told him that they needed some footage of him at least attempting to save himself. He bitched to Hayden and Lane about this (with the feeds cutting in and out many times), and then did just that to Britney. He told her that none of them have a chance to win against Hayden...and that she can be assured that he would take her to the finals. Although she didn't appear too convinced, she did encourage him to talk to Lane.
Before he could do just that, though, she had to inform Lane of her talk with Ragan. "Hayden and Enzo are a pair, and if I win the veto next week, you'll go. And if he stays, he's better at veto. His points made sense for me, but not for you, because you trust Hayden. Does it make sense to you? That's for you to decide. And, jury vote wise, I'm not gonna win.. You won't beat Hayden or Enzo."
Ragan thus began this day attempting to psych himself into talking to Lane. "This is stupid and humiliating. I have no shot. This is humiliating. Lane is never ever going to vote out Hayden, and I look ridiculous even trying to get him to do it. It's humiliating." Britney joined him for a bit, and he reiterated what he had said the previous night.
Finally, Lane was awakened to go to the diary room (convenient, eh?), and Ragan caught up with him afterwards in the backyard. "If you are up against either of those boys, you're not going to win. Enzo has no blood on his hands. He's played hands down the best social game. If it's you and Hayden, Brendon's not mad at Hayden, because Hayden didn't have a vote. He's pissed off at the people who voted against him who he thinks should've voted for him to stay. Brendon and Rachel vote for Hayden. Kathy votes for Hayden. Enzo votes for Hayden. He told me as much in the Taj. That's 4 votes right there." He went through the various scenarios, and seemed to make a pretty good case.
A bit later, Lane and Britney conferred on the conversation, and for a second it appeared that Ragan may have helped himself. Lane admitted to Britney that Hayden had indeed won the cash and vacation, but Lane thinks saving Ragan is "too risky". The little bit of remaining hope, though, was squashed this afternoon as Lane spilled the beans to the rest of Der Bergade.
So it's all settled. Ragan is going home on Thursday, but at least CBS has the necessary footage to make it appear as if he may be saved.
Between the comments section on this site and the majority of "tweeters" I read every day, this season of Big Brother is a complete disaster. The house guests are moronic at best; vile at worst. The competitions are retreads of previous season. The "twists" produce nothing but jeers.
Yet CBS put out two press releases over the past few days touting the fact that last night's episode and Thursday's double eviction not only won their time slots but were the most-watched episodes since season nine. How can this be possible?
I have a couple of theories. While summer programming is always generally a wasteland, this year found the networks basically throwing in the towel. It's really not too tough to beat shows like Minute to Win It, Wipeout, or America's Funniest Home Videos (who knew that was still on?). The highly-touted cable shows of this summer (True Blood, Mad Men, Jersey Shore, etc.) are also all broadcast later in the evening. There's just no competition in the early evening.
In my opinion, online followers also need to realize they're not typical viewers. The vast majority of viewers never watch the live feeds. They don't read the Big Brother blogs or news sites. Hell, they never even visit the network's online Big Brother section. They may throw out the occasional tweet, but they don't follow dozens of hardcore fans for live feed information.
The only knowledge these people have of the BB compound is what they see on their television three times a week, and the production team has worked overtime to create a relatively well-paced season. It helps that this group of mopes have completely cooperated with the needs of this crew. All of them have consistently delivered exactly what the diary room desires - Britney's cattiness, Enzo's fake Italian bravado, Lane's down home charm, Brendon's dedication to the woman of his dreams, etc.
Yes, some of it has been smoke and mirrors. Rachel initially received an edit that even a nun would dream of getting, which made the post-HOH incident with Kristin (and her Pandora's Box return) a shocking heel turn that the WWE hasn't been able to create since the days of Stone Cold Steve Austin. On the other hand, Matt was much more laid back and likable than the "diabolical genius" mantra they played up on the show. This kind of material has helped producers refrain from the usual filler segments of the house guests primping, cleaning (well, they don't do that anyway), exercising, and individual quirks.
Keeping the ratings up will be a challenge these last few weeks, though. Football is back next week, and the networks will begin to slowly roll out their fall schedule this month. Plus, the diminished number of contestants make it a bigger challenge to come up with material outside of competitions. Viewer numbers are bound to decline until the big finale on September 15.
So what do you think? Why are the ratings up? Are network viewers getting a skewed version of what's actually happening in the house?