ABC's 'Wipeout' wins competitive 8 p.m. hour

The season premiere of ”Big Brother” led all primetime programming Thursday and boosted CBS to an overall victory for the night.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ”Big Brother” (2.7 rating/8 share among viewers 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) effectively matched its year-ago season premiere demo numbers.

The 8 p.m. hour brought the most heated competition on a mostly tepid evening. ABC’s ”Wipeout” (2.0/7, 6.6 million) won the timeslot, ahead of CBS’ sitcom combo of ”The Big Bang Theory” (1.8/7, 6.7 million) and ”Rules of Engagement” (1.4/5, 5.2 million). Fox’s ”So You Think You Can Dance” (1.6/6, 5.4 million) was also in the running.

At 9 p.m., ABC’s ”Expedition Impossible” (1.6/5, 5.5 million) finished second to ”Big Brother” after falling in the ratings for the second straight week since its June 23 premiere. Fox’s ”Glee” (0.9/3, 3.1 million) took the hour’s bronze medal.

At 10 p.m., ABC summer original ”Rookie Blue” (1.5/4, 5.7 million) edged CBS’ ”The Mentalist” (1.3/4, 6.7 million) among viewers 18-49.

NBC finished fourth on the night with comedy repeats ”Community” (0.7/2, 2.3 million), ”Parks and Recreation” (0.7/2, 2.2 million), ”The Office” (1.0/3, 2.4 million) and ”30 Rock” (0.8/3, 2.0 million), followed by hour-long romcom ”Love Bites” (0.7/2, 2.0 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 1.9/6, ABC 1.7/5, Fox 1.3/4, Univision 1.1/3, NBC 0.8/2, CW 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS 6.8 million, ABC 5.9 million, Fox 4.2 million, Univision 2.7 million, NBC 2.1 million, CW 1.1 million.

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