TV ratings: 'Big Brother' leads a CBS sweep Thursday

jeff.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009

CBS rolled to a ratings win Thursday night, with "Big Brother 11" and its crime dramas all posting solid end-of-summer numbers.

Ratings for the night will likely change some because some local stations aired preseason NFL games in primetime, but as things stand CBS was the clear winner with 9.4 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/10 share in households. FOX (5.3 million, 3.4/6) finished a distant second. NBC (4.9 million, 3.3/6) came in third, a little ahead of ABC (4.4 million, 3.1/5). The CW trailed with 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.5 rating. FOX came in second with a 1.7, edging NBC's 1.6. ABC scored a 1.3 to finish fourth, while The CW drew a 0.6.

The hour-by-hour breakdown:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Big Brother 11" (8.6 million viewers, 5.4/10 households)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (5.8 million, 3.8/7)
NBC: "30 Rock" rerun (4.9 million, 3.2/6)/"Parks and Recreation" rerun (4.5 million, 3.0/5)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (4.6 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.7 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Big Brother 11" (2.7)

9 p.m.

CBS: "CSI" rerun (9.5 million, 6.1/10)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (5 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "Fringe" rerun (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (5 million, 3.3/5)/"30 Rock" rerun (4.4 million, 3/0/5)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.5 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (2.3)

10 p.m.

CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (10 million, 6.5/11)
NBC: "Law & Order" rerun (5.2 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Private Practice" rerun (3.6 million, 2.6/5)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (2.5)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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