Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 19, 2012.
It was a "big" night for CBS, as repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and a new episode of "Big Brother" helped the network dominate the early evening and roll to a comfortable Thursday win in all key measures.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.8 rating, easily tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 1.3 rating, followed by FOX's 1.1 key demo rating. NBC averaged a 0.6 key demo rating, while The CW had a 0.2 rating.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 6.53 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/7 share for Thursday primetime, far ahead of the 3.1/5 and 4.84 million viewers for ABC. NBC averaged an 2.0/3 and 2.732 million viewers, nipping FOX's 1.7/3 and 2.729 million viewers. The CW averaged 637,000 viewers and a 0.4/1.
[Univision averaged 3.79 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 for Thursday night.]
8 p.m. - Two repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" delivered Thursday's best numbers with 8.15 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS. ABC's "Duets" was second overall with 4.48 million viewers and third in the key demo with a 0.9 rating. FOX's "Take Me Out" averaged 3.13 million viewers for third and a 1.2 key demo rating for second. On NBC, repeats of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" averaged 1.82 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating, compared to the 740,000 viewers and 0.3 key demo rating for The CW's repeat of "The Vampire Diaries."
9 p.m. - The season's first Thursday elimination episode of "Big Brother" averaged 6.26 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 to lead the 9 p.m. hour for CBS, though it was down from last week's premiere. ABC's "Wipeout" averaged 5.04 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating for second, though it was also down from last Thursday. NBC's "Saving Hope" averaged 2.99 million viewers for third and a 0.5 key demo rating for fourth. FOX was third in the key demo with a 1.1 rating and fourth overall with 2.33 million viewers for two repeats of "New Girl." On The CW, an encore of "L.A. Complex" averaged 533,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - CBS stayed first overall for the 10 p.m. hour with 5.18 million viewers for a repeat of "Person of Interest," finishing second with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Rookie Blue" was up week-to-week with 4.99 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating. NBC's "Rock Center" was way down from last week with 3.39 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.