Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 7, 2014.
A "Big Bang Theory" repeat and a new "Big Brother" led CBS' rout on Thursday night, though the network had NFL preemptions for 22 percent of the country, which probably helped more than a little.
With preemptions or delays taking over such markets as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, CBS' numbers will certainly change -- "Mom" repeats tend not to do 2.0 key demo ratings -- but it probably won't matter in terms of the bottom line of Thursday rankings.
Meanwhile, there were some positive grace notes to Thursday's ratings, with small bumps for "Gang Related," "Working the Engels." There are NFL-based reasons for those bumps as well and there may also be, I suppose, an NFL-based explanation for the flat numbers for "The Quest" and "Rookie Blue." The NFL ruins everything. These ratings are concussed.
In addition, several networks had preemptions and delays for President Obama's address on Iraq.
So let's just say that as value-questionable as Fast National ratings normally are, these are extra-worthless.
On to the numbers...