CBS Rolls on Thursday
Solid showings for 'Big Brother,' 'CSI'
Thursday night's ratings tilted heavily in favor of CBS, with no one else really coming close.
For the night, CBS averaged a 6.6 rating/11 share, finishing well ahead of second-place FOX, 4.1/7. ABC came in third at 3.9/7, beating out NBC's 3.5/6. The CW posted a 1.7/3. (Ratings for CBS and NBC may change some, as several local stations aired preseason NFL games instead of regular programming.)
CBS also ruled the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.1 rating. FOX and NBC tied for second at 2.0, and ABC was not far behind at 1.8. The CW pulled down a 0.9.
Elimination night on "Big Brother" delivered a 6.0/11 for CBS at 8 p.m. "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?," 4.2/8, put FOX in second for the hour, just ahead of an "Ugly Betty" repeat, 4.1/7, on ABC. NBC aired repeats of "My Name Is Earl," 4.1/8, and "30 Rock," 3.6/6. The CW trailed with "Smallville."
"CSI," 7.4/12, kept CBS on top at 9 p.m., scoring the night's best rating in the process. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" rerun, 4.0/7, tied FOX's "Don't Forget the Lyrics" in households, but FOX had more total viewers. "The Office" and "Scrubs" stayed in fourth for NBC, while a "Supernatural" rerun on The CW earned a 1.9/3.
CBS finished its sweep of the night as "Without a Trace" posted a 6.5/11 at 10 p.m. "Men in Trees" drew a 3.5/6 for ABC, good enough to beat an "ER" rerun, 3.2/6, on NBC.
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