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‘Big Brother’ Leads CBS to Thursday Ratings Victory

Program results for ABC, CBS and NBC will be revised due to football preemptions, delays

Big Brother” and repeats of comedies “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” lifted CBS to victory in key demos on Thursday, a night that saw preemptions or delays in some major markets due to local coverage of NFL preseason action.

According to preliminary national estimates released by Nielsen, “Big Brother” averaged a 2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall — in line with last week and the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49 as well as 25-54 (2.8/8). The reality show was preceded by encores of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and followed by a repeat of “Elementary” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall).

CBS was preempted in primetime in Atlanta for Falcons football and its lineup was delayed in Seattle following a Seahawks game.

ABC could see the biggest downward adjustments in the nationals for its all-original lineup, whose preliminary 18-49 average for the night (1.7) was about double what it did a week ago. The Alphabet aired football in Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. The early numbers showed “Wipeout” averaging a 1.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall, followed by “Motive” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and “Rookie Blue” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall).

NBC, which aired football in Baltimore, started the night with a repeat of “America’s Got Talent” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), followed by an encore of “Hollywood Game Night” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and then an original episode (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), which is tentatively at three-week highs.

Fox went with repeats of “Glee” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), “New Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.4/5; NBC and Univision, 1.2/4; Telemundo, 0.7/2; Fox, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.1 million; ABC, 5.6 million; NBC, 3.9 million; Univision, 3.3 million; Fox, 1.7 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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