TV ratings: 'Big Brother' and CBS lead an NFL-inflated Thursday

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big-brother-14-aug-16-ratings.JPGFast National ratings for Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

FOX aired an NFL preseason game in primetime Thursday night, giving the network a boost over its usual summer numbers. NFL games in a few local markets also gave a bump to NBC and CBS. The latter led the night in viewers thanks also to "Big Brother" and "The Big Bang Theory."

ABC, meanwhile, debuted a cooking competition called "Time Machine Chefs," although not that many people noticed. Nor did many people tune into The CW's singing competition "The Next."

CBS averaged 6.25 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/7 share in households for the night, pending updates for the NFL. FOX (5 million, 3.3/6) came in second, a little ahead of ABC (4.6 million, 2.9/5). NBC took fourth with 4.2 million viewers and a 2.9/5 (again, pending updates), and The CW delivered a little less than 900,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.

FOX and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49, each scoring a 1.8 rating. ABC earned a 1.4 to finish third, beating out NBC's 1.0. The CW averaged 0.3 in the demographic.

Photo/Video credit: CBS