Lynette Rice
August 19, 2009 AT 07:24 PM EDT

The much-anticipated ouster of Chima Simone on Tuesday attracted a record audience for Big Brother 11 this summer. Just over 8 million viewers tuned into see Simone make her final visit to the diary room — BB11’s largest audience since a BB9 episode on April 13, 2008, according to preliminary ratings. It was also the highest-rated episode among adults 18-49 (2.9 rating/8 share) since the season finale of BB8 on Sept. 18, 2007. Tuesday’s episode posted a 19 percent gain in viewers over last week. And as for year-to-year gains, BB11 is up 5 percent in viewers and 6 percent among adults 18-49.

Tomorrow’s one-hour episode of BB11 will air live on the east coast and feature the latest power of veto competition, the POV meeting, an eviction, and the next head of household competition.

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