Ratings: ‘Big Brother,’ CBS Top Repeat-Heavy Night

NFL preemptions skew results for the major broadcast networks

On a Thursday night that offered little in the way of original programming and was skewed by NFL preemptions, CBS was first in ratings and viewers thanks to “Big Brother,” according to preliminary numbers.

Though the numbers for CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and the CW are likely inflated due to NFL preemptions, CBS currently sits in first place in the 18-49 demographic with a 1.7 rating/6 share. The network also holds first in total viewers with 6.1 million. Its sole original program for the night, “Big Brother” at 9 p.m., was the night’s best-rated show with a 2.5/8 and also the most-watched with 7.5 million total viewers.

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Fox, which aired repeats throughout the night, took second in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in total viewers with 4.7 million.

NBC tied Univision for third place in ratings with a 1.2/4 and was second place in total viewers with 4.9 million. The network aired mostly repeats. But a new “Welcome to Sweden” at 9 drew a 1.3/4 with 4.9 million total viewers, and a second episode at 9:30 posted a 1.1/4 and 4.4 million total viewers. (The episodes were also the show’s season finale.)

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ABC was fifth in ratings, averaging a 1.0/3 for the night, and fourth in total viewers with 4 million. The network aired “The Quest” from 8 to 10, which had 0.9/3 and 3.9 million total viewers. It was followed by “World’s Wildest Commercials,” which posted a 1.1/4 with 4.2 million total viewers.