'Big Brother' ratings jump with airing of contestants' racist remarks

July 8, 2013 10:52 PM

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After a week of controversy, the Sunday episode of CBS' long-running reality series aired homophobic and racist remarks from two contestants, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. As a result, ratings zoomed 11% in the key adults ages 18 to 49 demographic, compared with the season premiere a week earlier, according to Nielsen.

A total of 6.2 million viewers tuned in, enabling CBS to walk away with the 8 p.m. hour, early numbers showed.

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