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CBS Renews ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Big Brother: After Dark’

Season 16 of ”Big Brother“ will premiere in summer 2014

Prepare for another round of housemate drama; “Big Brother’ has been renewed for a 16th season, CBS said Thursday.

The new season will launch next summer.

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The series, which was marred by racist comments made by some of its contestants this season, will wrap its current run with a special 90-minute finale on Sept. 18, following the season premiere of “Survivor.”

CBS also said that it had renewed the companion show “Big Brother: After Dark” has been renewed for a second season on cable network TVGN.

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The current season of “Big Brother” has averaged 7.29 million total viewers, with a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers. Those numbers represent an 11 percent increase in total viewers and an 8 percent boost in the demo compared to last season.