'Rookie' stands as a solid performer for ABC

A hot season for CBS veteran reality series “Big Brother” continued Thursday, as it rose nearly 10% week to week to stand as the night’s top-rated program in key demos. ABC, meanwhile, continues to do pretty well with scripted drama “Rookie Blue.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” averaged a 2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers overall during the 8 o’clock hour, besting a repeat of ABC’s “Wipeout” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), the evening’s only other program to deliver better than a 6 share in the 18-49 demo. After “Brother,” CBS was unable to keep its momentum going, falling off with repeats of “CSI” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall); “Mentalist” did win its hour in total viewers.

At ABC, “Wipeout” was followed by Canadian import drama “Rookie Blue” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), which won its hour in 18-49 (tied with Fox) as well as 25-54 (2.3/6) and total viewers; the show has held steady in recent weeks, opening up a wider demo margin over repeats of competing drama “CSI” on CBS. And at 10, ABC dropped off, but was competitive with the other broadcasters, with news program “Boston Med” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall).

Fox opened with a repeat of “Glee” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), followed by the results edition of “So You Think You Can Dance” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), which was down about 10% week to week.

NBC settled for 3 and 4 shares all night with repeats of comedies “Community” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), “30 Rock” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), “The Office” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) and “Parks and Recreation” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall).

CW aired repeats of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and former CBS series “Moonlight” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, CBS and Univision, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.4/5; NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.7 million; ABC, 6.1 million; Fox, 4.7 million; Univision, 3.8 million; NBC, 3.0 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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