Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Pushes CBS to Win

ABC’s “Rookie Blue” has most-watched finale ever, though numbers were likely inflated by an NFL preemption

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CBS topped Thursday in both demo ratings and viewers, on a summer night full of reruns and National Football League preseason preemptions.

ABC’s “Rookie Blue” had its most-watched finale to-date, though numbers for CBS, ABC, and NBC are subject to change, due to local market football broadcasts.

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CBS was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 5.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. In between reruns, at 9 p.m., “Big Brother” scored a 2.3/8 — the best of the night — and 7 million viewers.

Univision was second in ratings with a 1.3/5 and third in viewers with 3.1 million.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/3 and second in viewers with 4.7 million. At 8, “Quest” had a 0.7/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “Rookie Blue” at 9 had a 1.1/4 and 5.7 million viewers.

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Fox, NBC and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.7/3. Fox was fourth in viewers with 2.822 million, airing reruns. NBC was fifth in viewers with 2.767 million. Telemundo was sixth with 1.6 million.

For NBC, in between repeats, “Welcome to Sweden” at 9 had a 0.7/2 — up two-tenths from last week — and 2.4 million viewers. A second episode at 9:30 got a 0.7/2 and 2.1 million viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in total viewers with 585,000, airing reruns.