Led by another results episode of "Big Brother
," CBS controlled the 9 p.m. hour and held on to edge out ABC on a Thursday of inflated ratings.
CBS, NBC and ABC were among several networks with NFL preseason preemptions on Thursday night, with all of ABC's Thursday shows posting 50+ percent gains, making them particularly suspicious.
So take these numbers with more than the usual surplus of salt.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.7 rating, beating ABC's 1.4 rating in the key demographic for Thursday night. NBC averaged a 1.2 rating in the key demographic, followed by FOX's 0.6 key demo rating and the 0.4 key demo rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 6.12 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/ 7 share for Thursday, ahead of the 5.57 million viewers and 3.6/6 for ABC on the night. NBC was third with a 2.6/5 and 3.88 million viewers, more than doubling the 1.2/2 and 1.71 million viewers for FOX. The CW averaged 987,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.
8 p.m. - Repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men" averaged 6.91 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 to lead the 8 p.m. hour for CBS. ABC's "Wipeout" did an inflated 5.1 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating, well ahead of the 4.06 million viewers and 1.0 key demo rating for NBC's "America's Got Talent" encore. On FOX, a repeat of "Glee" averaged 1.82 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating, beating the 1.04 million viewers and 0.4 key demo rating for The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" repeat.
9 p.m. - "Big Brother" won the 9 p.m. hour for CBS with 6.87 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Motive" averaged an inflated 5.86 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating for second, topping the 3.67 million viewers and 1.2 key demo rating for NBC's "Hollywood Game Night
" repeat. FOX's repeats of "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating, with The CW's "America's Next Top Model" encore averaging 934,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "Rookie Blue" moved into first for the 10 p.m. hour with an inflated 5.76 million viewers and 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 for ABC. CBS' "Elementary" repeat averaged 4.59 million viewers for second and a 1.0 key demo rating in third, while NBC's new "Hollywood Game Night" averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 1.3 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, particularly in the case of live events.
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