CBS tops Big Four rivals; Univision strong with kudocast

CBS was the No. 1 major network in key demos Thursday night as ”Big Brother” was easily the evening’s top-rated program. Univision, though, led in key younger demos with its awards show ”Premios Juventud.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS was competitive in demos during the opening hour with repeats of ”The Big Bang Theory” (1.5/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and ”Rules of Engagement” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) before surging to the lead at 9 o’clock with ”Big Brother” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall). And closing out the night, a repeat of ”The Mentalist” led its major-network competition in all key categories (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall). In addition to topping its major-network competition in 18-49, CBS also topped all broadcasters in both 25-54 and total viewers.

Univision actually topped all of the major networks in 18-49 on Thursday with its three-hour special ”Premios Juventud” (Youthfulness Awards), which averaged a 1.8/6 in 18-49 while drawing 4.1 million viewers overall. In adults 18-34, the show honoring the best in Spanish-language pop culture dominated with a 2.0/7.

Elsewhere, ABC’s all-original lineup earned a second-place finish, led by ”Wipeout” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), which topped the 8 o’clock hour. And down a bit week to week were newcomer ”Expedition Impossible” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and sophomore drama ”Rookie Blue” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

At Fox, ”So You Think You Can Dance” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) was down a tick week to week, placing second among the major networks in 18-49. It was followed by a repeat of ”Glee” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).

NBC had another quiet night, drawing just 2% of the available 18-49 audience on the night with its repeat comedies ”Community” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), ”Parks and Recreation” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall), ”The Office” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and ”30 Rock” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) followed by the series finale of ”Love Bites” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.7/6; ABC, 1.5/5; Fox, 1.2/4; NBC, 0.7/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.2 million; ABC, 5.5 million; Fox, 3.9 million; NBC, 2.0 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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