Fox could emerge demo winner with reality finale

CBS’ ”Big Brother” and the finale of Fox’s ”So You Think You Can Dance” were the top demo draws on Thursday, a night on which preliminary numbers, most notably on CBS and ABC, may be inflated due to pre-emptions for NFL preseason games in local markets.

The Eye net, which appears to have prevailed for the night in adults 18-49 as well as total viewers, opened with repeats of ”The Big Bang Theory” (2.2 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and ”Rules of Engagement” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) before surging at 9 o’clock with ”Big Brother” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), which hit a season high and was the night’s top-rated program. While Thursday’s episode of ”Brother” contained the reveal of a key twist in the game, its numbers are expected to come down in the nationals due to football. Also above average was the 10 o’clock repeat of ”The Mentalist” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall).

CBS had a couple of significant NFL pre-emptions/delays, in Dallas for the Cowboys and in Boston for the Patriots.

At Fox, the two-hour finale of ”So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a preliminary 2.1/7 in 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., up nicely from last week’s hourlong results show. When nationals are issued this afternoon, Fox could finish as the night’s No. 1 network in adults 18-49, which would extend its winning streak to four this week.

ABC was on par at 8 o’clock with ”Wipeout” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and then up a bit from 9 to 11 p.m. with ”Expedition Impossible” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and ”Rookie Blue” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall).

The Alphabet’s Philadelphia station preempted its entertainment series in primetime for the Eagles’ preseason opener.

And NBC remained a non-factor with encores of ”Community” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), ”Parks and Recreation” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), ”The Office” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), ”30 Rock” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) and ”Law and Order: SVU” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.3/7; Fox, 2.1/7; ABC, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.7 million; Fox, 6.3 million; ABC, 5.6 million; NBC, 3.1 million; Univision, 3.0 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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