big brother jeff 0825 TV ratings: 'Big Brother' double elimination leads CBS to Thursday winFast National ratings for Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

A double elimination on “Big Brother” helped carry CBS to a good-sized victory Thursday night.

CBS averaged 7.2 million viewers and a 4.5 rating/8 share in households for the night, although its numbers — along with those of ABC and NBC — are inflated a little because of NFL pre-season games airing in some markets. ABC (5.7 million, 3.4/6) came in second, beating FOX’s 4.25 million viewers and 2.7/5. NBC (2.9 million, 2.0/3) finished fourth, and The CW trailed with just over 1 million viewers and a 0.6/1.

CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 2.2 rating. ABC snagged the No. 2 spot in the demographic with a 1.5. FOX’s 1.1 was good enough for third, followed by NBC, 0.9, and The CW, 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” rerun (7.9 million viewers, 5.0/9 households)/”Rules of Engagement” rerun (6.1 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: “Wipeout” (6.75 million, 3.9/7)
FOX: “Bones” rerun (4 million, 2.5/4)
NBC: “Community” rerun (2.85 million, 2.0/3)/”Parks and Recreation” rerun (2.5 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (2.1) 9 p.m. CBS: “Big Brother 13” (8.5 million, 5.1/8)
ABC: “Expedition Impossible” (5.2 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: “Bones” rerun (4.5 million, 2.9/5)
NBC: “The Office” rerun (3 million, 2.1/3)/”30 Rock” rerun (2.7 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: “Plain Jane” rerun (789,000, 0.5/1) 18-49 leader: “Big Brother 13” (3.2) 10 p.m. CBS: “The Mentalist” rerun (6.1 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: “Rookie Blue” (5.1 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (3.2 million, 2.3/4) 18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” and “Rookie Blue” tied at 1.3

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable