'Celebrity Big Brother 2': By the Numbers

Updated on February 14, 2019
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There were many numbers involved in the short season of Celebrity Big Brother 2. Probably those who like statistics noticed some of those numbers. To begin with, the reality show premiered on January 21, 2019 with twelve house guests. It ended on February 13, 2019. The filming started on January 16.

The reality show consisted of thirteen episodes. In the beginning, the show aired on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Once the show aired on a Saturday night. Toward the end, the 60-minute episodes aired twice a week. Once it aired on a Saturday night. The two-hour finale was on a Wednesday night. Fans had to keep up with the schedule because the dates and times changed throughout the season.

The Live Feeds were advertised to be shown 24/7, but they were down a lot while the contestants were participating in competitions or for other reasons.

After being in the Big Brother house for 29 days, two people made it to the finale with one receiving the $250,000 grand prize. That amount was only half of what the person gets for winning the regular summer session that lasts 99 days instead of only 29 days during the celebrity version.

Tamar Braxton is the winner of "Celebrity Big Brother 2."

One Winner, One Runner-Up, One America's Favorite Player

The final two were Ricky Williams and Tamar Braxton. The winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2 was Tamar Braxton who is receiving the $250,000 grand prize. She received all nine votes even though she needed only five votes to win. This has happened only once before in the history of Big Brother. Dan Gheesling received all the votes in Season 10.

Tamar was the first African-American houseguest to win the competition. If Ricky has won, it still would have been the first for an African-American contestant. He was the runner up with no votes and is receiving the $50,000 second-place prize.

Tom Green was voted America's Favorite Player. He is getting $25,000 for that honor.

12 Houseguests

The number of houseguests during the celebrity version was the same as during the regular season. Twelve houseguests were introduced to the public during the first episode.

There were seven males and five females. All the males except Ricky Williams were evicted before the finale. Only one female, Natalie Eva Marie, was voted off. before the last episode.

It turned out that after six days, Anthony "the Mooch" Scaramucci was a fake contestant. He knew he wasn't a real contestant when he went into the house, but he did not know the details about his leaving until about 15 minutes before he left on Day 6.

All 12 of the houseguest.
All 12 of the houseguest. | Source

The houseguests ranged in ages from 34 to 59. Ryan Lochte and Natalie Eva Marie were the youngest at 34, and Kato Kaelin was the oldest at 59.

See the chart below with other ages and the length of time they stayed in the house along with the number of times they were Head of Household and won the Power of Veto.

'Celebrity Big Brother' Cast of 12

Number of Days in House
Ryan Lochte
Natalie Eva Marie
Lolo Jones
Jonathan Bennett
Tamar Braxton
Ricky Williams
Kandi Burruss
Joey Lawerence
Tom Green
Anthony Scaramucci
Dina Lohan
Kato Kaelin

2-Story House

The reality show was filmed at CBS Studios in Soundstage 18 in Studio City, California in a custom-built two-story house. The house was equipped with over 80 high-definition cameras and over 100 microphones. Every houseguest was required to wear a microphone at all times.

On the first floor of the house were a living room, bathroom, three bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen, and storage room. On the second floor were the HoH bedroom, gym area, and an additional lounge area.

The house had a New York City theme dating back to the 1940s. Each room had something in it representing the Big Apple. The headboard on the bed in the HoH room was made from a real Broadway theater marquee.

3 Twists

  1. The first competition was a twist that aired on the first episode. The contestants had a partner who worked together to fill a champagne glass while swinging in the air. The team who made a bubble fall out was the winner. Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett won. Then they had to compete against each other. The loser had to be put on the block. Ryan became the first Head of Household (HoH) and Jonathan was the first one voted out on Day 10.
  2. Anthony Scaramucci as a fake contestant was the second twist. He left the house on Day 6, but the other houseguests and the public didn't find out the details until the fourth episode on January 25, 2019.
  3. America voted for a contestant to win the Power of Publicist prize that would guarantee safety for the person. Tamar Braxton received the safety prize that was good from Day 14 through Day 18, but she didn't need to use it because she wasn't put on the block during those four days before the prize expired.

Tamar Braxton won the Power of the Publicist based because of America's vote
Tamar Braxton won the Power of the Publicist based because of America's vote | Source

No HoH or POV

Kandi Burruss was on the block four times. That was more than any other contestant.

She and Dina Lohan won no competition. That means they were never HoH or had the Power of Veto.

5 Arguments

Tamar Braxton and Lolo Jones had arguments with others in the house most of the season. Lolo mentioned on several occasions that she had arguments with five people in the house. She was afraid she wouldn't get their vote if she was in the final two.


The very first episode had the highest rating of 5.35 million. Like most television shows, the number decreased throughout the series. The penultimate episode was down to 3.40 million. The ranking for the finale isn't available yet.

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