TV ratings: 'Big Brother' powers CBS to Thursday title

kristen-bb12-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

The latest elimination on "Big Brother 12" led CBS to a ratings win Thursday night, while "Rookie Blue" continued to put up decent summer numbers for ABC.

CBS averaged 6.7 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/8 share in households for the night, which was good enough to beat out ABC (6.1 million, 3.7/7) for the top spot in the Nielsens. FOX came in third with 4.7 million viewers and a 3.0/5. NBC (3 million, 2.0/4) finished fourth, while The CW (1.2 million, 0.8/1) brought up the rear.

ABC and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49, each scoring a 1.6 rating. FOX was not far behind at 1.4. NBC drew a 1.1 and The CW a 0.4.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Big Brother 12" (7 million viewers, 4.2/8 households)
ABC: "Wipeout" rerun (6.5 million, 3.8/7)
FOX: "Glee" rerun (3.8 million, 2.5/5)
NBC: "Community" rerun (2.8 million, 1.9/4)/"30 Rock" rerun (2.4 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/2)

18-49 leader:
"Big Brother 12" (2.4)

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Rookie Blue" (6.85 million, 4.2/7)
CBS: "CSI" rerun (6 million, 3.9/7)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" results (5.5 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (2.85 million, 1.8/3)/"Parks and Recreation" rerun (2.4 million, 1.6/3)
The CW: "Moonlight" rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "Rookie Blue" and "So You Think You Can Dance" tied at 1.8

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" rerun (7.05 million, 4.6/8)
ABC: "Boston Med" (4.9 million, 3.3/6)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (3.8 million, 2.6/5)

18-49 leader: "Boston Med" and "The Mentalist" 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.

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