TV ratings: 'Big Brother' scores season high as CBS leads Thursday

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big-brother-15-july-18.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, July 18, 2013

"Big Brother" continued its upward trend on Thursday, hitting season highs in viewers and adults 18-49 and carrying CBS to an across-the-board win for the night.

Elsewhere Thursday, "Hell's Kitchen" was steady in the 18-49 demographic vs. last week but down some in viewers. NBC's combo of "The Winner Is" and "Hollywood Game Night" was off slightly from a week ago, while "Rookie Blue" ticked up for ABC.

CBS averaged 5.95 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/7 share in households for the night. ABC (4.7 million, 3.0/5) came in second. FOX (3.9 million, 2.5/4) edged NBC (3.8 million, 2.4/4) for third place. The CW trailed with 653,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.

CBS also led the 18-49 demo with a 1.7 rating, finishing just ahead of FOX's 1.6. ABC took third with a 1.0, followed by NBC, 0.9, and The CW, 0.2.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (7.1 million viewers, 4.7/9 households)/"Two and a Half Men" rerun (6.1 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Wipeout" (4.2 million, 2.5/5)
NBC: "The Winner Is" rerun (3.65 million, 2.4/4)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" rerun (3 million, 2.0/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (755,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (1.7)

9 p.m.

"Big Brother" (6.7 million, 4.2/7)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (4.7 million, 3.0/5)
ABC: "Motive" (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "The Winner Is" (3.9 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast" rerun (551,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Big Brother" (2.3)

10 p.m.

"Rookie Blue" (5.2 million, 3.4/6)
CBS: "Elementary" rerun (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" (3.9 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: "Hollywood Game Night" (1.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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