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‘Big Brother,’ Comedies Pace CBS Ratings Victory on Thursday

'Hollywood Game Night' again wins its timeslot; numbers for some nets inflated by NFL action

Behind “Big Brother,” the night’s top show, and good scores for repeats of comedies “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men,” CBS notched an easy victory in key demos on Thursday.

Note that the ratings for original programming on CBS and other major networks will be adjusted due to preemptions or delays in local markets for NFL preseason action. CBS’ preliminary numbers, for instance, are inflated by the Patriots game airing on its station in Boston.

According to early estimates from Nielsen, CBS won the night’s first two hours with “Big Bang” (2.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and “Big Brother” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall). The reality show looks to be in line with last week, ranking as Thursday’s No. 1 series in 18-49 and 25-54 (tied with “Big Bang”).

Elsewhere, ABC saw gains for its all-original lineup of “Wipeout” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), “Motive” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and “Rookie Blue” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall). though they could be inflated by football.

At NBC, “Hollywood Game Night” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) beat its ABC and CBS competition in the 10 o’clock hour among adults 18-49 for a seventh straight week’ pending updates, the Jane Lynch-hosted gameshow is at four-week high levels.  Earlier, the net aired repeats of “America’s Got Talent” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and “Hollywood Game Night” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), with the latter serving as an ideal lead-in for the new episode airing behind it.

Fox aired repeats of “Glee” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall), “New Girl” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 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; Univision, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.2/4; NBC, 1.1/3; Fox, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.2 million; ABC, 4.9 million; NBC, 3.7 million; Univision, 3.4 million; Fox, 1.8 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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