TV ratings: NFL games help CBS score Thursday

laurence-fishburne-csi-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010

NFL preseason games aired in a number of local markets Thursday night, and they skewed ratings upward in those markets. CBS got the biggest bump, but the numbers were up pretty much across the board. Some of that will drop out in the final nationals, but with that in mind, here's how Thursday played out:

CBS scored 9.65 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/10 share in households for the night, easily beating second-place ABC (6.3 million, 3.9/7). NBC took third with a 5.2 million viewers and a 3.4/6. FOX (4.7 million, 2.9/5) came in fourth, and The CW (1.8 million, 1.1/2) trailed.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 2.7 rating led the way. NBC finished second in the demo at 1.8. ABC, 1.6, edged FOX, 1.5, for third place. The CW drew a 0.6.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Big Brother 12" (10.6 million viewers, 6.5/11 households)
ABC: "Wipeout" rerun (6.8 million, 4.0/7)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (5.3 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: "Community" rerun (4.7 million, 3.1/5)/"30 Rock" rerun (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (2.1 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Big Brother 12" (3.3)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" rerun (9.8 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: "Rookie Blue" (7 million, 4.4/7)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (5.5 million, 3.5/6)/"Community" rerun (4.8 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: "Fringe" rerun (4 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: "90210" rerun (1.5 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (2.7)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" rerun (8.5 million, 5.7/10)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: "NightlinePrime: Secrets of Your Mind" (5.2 million, 3.3/6)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (2.0)

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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