TV Ratings: Pre-season football tops 'Big Brother,' wins Thursday for FOX

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big-brother-cbs-august-18-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

FOX suffered no loss its first summer Thursday without "So You Think You Can Dance." The network's broadcast of the pre-season match-up between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers bested all other programming Thursday night.

The NFL pushed FOX to an average 8.9 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/9 share for the night. CBS, down from last week, claimed second with 6.95 million and a 4.4/7. ABC (5.3 million, 3.1/5) took third, with NBC (2.5 million, 1.7/3) in fourth and the CW (1.0 million, 0.7/1) in last.

FOX also took a decided victory in the adults 18-49 demographic, bringing in a 3.2 rating. Its closest competition, CBS, pulled in a 2.0, followed by ABC (1.5), NBC (0.8) and the CW (0.3).
Photo/Video credit: CBS