Celebrity Big Brother USA closed its inaugural season in style with nice viewing figures, giving fans hope the show will return in the future.
An average of 5.2 million viewers tuned in to see Marissa Jaret Winokur be crowned the winner of the celebrity version of the show, taking home the $250,000 prize.
The figure is down from the 7.1 million that watched the season premiere, but it was the highest rated Sunday episode of the three-week run. The short celebrity run unofficially averaged just over five million viewers and 1.2 in the key 18-49 demo.
With the Olympics on air, Celebrity Big Brother USA was the second highest rated show on television behind the Winter Games, which is exactly what CBS was hoping for.
The solid numbers have given fans hope the network will bring the show back for a second installment. Host Julie Chen said in a recent interview she ‘wouldn’t rule out’ the possibility of another season.
In an interview before the finale, she said there’s an 80 percent chance the show would return for another celebrity version in the future.
Big Brother returns to CBS in the summer for its 20th season.