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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
Big Brother website trounces Survivor
Penny of Big Brother 2
Last Friday Penny was the first evicted from Big Brother
Channel 4's Big Brother website is emulating the success of the TV series by beating the site of its rival, ITV's Survivor.

Figures for May show that the Big Brother site attracted 600,000 visitors in the first week of the show.

The figures made it the fourth most-visited TV-show website in the UK for the month.

But the Survivor website failed to pull in enough visitors to register in the chart, according to internet monitoring company NetValue.

'Press attention'

A NetValue spokeswoman told BBC News Online: "There is more content on the Big Brother website and it's more interactive - there's live video too.

"There's also the fact that Big Brother has had more press attention.

Survivor
Survivor was recently cut back to once a week
"We tracked Big Brother during the first series last year and it was huge then, so it's no surprise.

"We imagine in June that the reach will go even higher," said the spokeswoman.

To enter NetValue's charts, a website has to attract more than 1% of the online home audience, or 138,000 individual users.

NetValue figures show that Survivor's visitors failed to reach this threshold.

Men

The figures also show that the Big Brother website attracted 4.3% of all home internet users in May and visitors spent an average of around 15 minutes on the site.

Men accounted for 62% of visitors, while 58% were under 35 years old - and 22% were students.

Housemate Stuart is clear favourite to be evicted on Friday, according to bookmaker Paddy Power.

The bookmaker is only offering odds of 1-10 on his eviction - whereas a bet on the other nomination, Paul, is at odds of 11-2.

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