CBS nabs overall viewers with 'Brother,' 'Mentalist'

Although the latest edition of “Big Brother” was the top-rated show of the night, Fox’s telecast of the Miami Dolphins vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason game was enough to give the network a win on an otherwise quiet Thursday.

“Big Brother” (2.7 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demo, 8 million viewers) drew the most eyeballs of any of its installments this summer and had the best 18-49 rating of its Thursday broadcasts. Series airs Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

CBS’ other programming — repeats of “The Mentalist” (1.9/5, 7.8m) and “CSI” (1.8/5, 8.4m) — were enough to easily give the Eye the most viewers overall.

The all-Florida showdown between the Dolphins and Bucs (2.3/7, 6.3m) was in line with other Fox NFL games the net has aired in August.

At 9 p.m. on NBC, a rerun of “The Office” (1.9/6, 4.1m) showed a surprising surge and defeated both “CSI” and “Grey’s Anatomy” in the demo for the half-hour, and just a notch below the game in the time period.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.3/7; CBS, 2.1/6; NBC, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.3/4; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.1 million; Fox, 6.3 million; ABC, 3.9 million; NBC, 3.6 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.6 million.

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