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‘Big Brother’ Renewed for Seasons 17 and 18

New editions of CBS reality show will air in summer 2015 and summer 2016

Take heart, “Big Brother” fans: The show will go on.

CBS’s long-running reality show has been renewed for its 17th and 18th editions, which will air in summer 2015 and 2016, the network said Wednesday.

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The current season will air its 90-minute finale Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m., following the season premiere of “Survivor.”

A reliable ratings-grabber — and, in recent years, a controversy-generator — for CBS, “Big Brother” has averaged a 2.7 rating/09 share in its current season, a 4 percent uptick over its previous edition, and 7.56 million total viewers, a 2 percent increase over the previous season.

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“‘Big Brother’ continues to be the one of the summer’s most dominant programs, and with each season, Allison and Rich produce the most twisted ways to evolve the series creatively,” CBS’s executive vice president, alternative programming Chris Castallo said. “With its one-of-a-kind format, coupled with its passionate, socially engaged fan base, no other show comes close to duplicating it.”

The after-show “Big Brother After Dark” has also been renewed for another season, which will launch next year on Pop, which is currently known as TVGN.