Ratings: CBS Wins Night on Strength of ‘Big Brother’

ABC’s “Expedition Impossible” jumps 23 percent

CBS grabbed the ratings crown on Thursday thanks to the solid performance of “Big Brother,” according to preliminary numbers.

The network’s sole original programming of the night, “Big Brother” at 9 p.m., drew a 2.6 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic. That was flat with last week, but it was enough to grab the highest ratings of the night and give CBS a victory over the competition – and 6.9 million total viewers.

At ABC, “Wipeout” opened the night at 8, which performed flat versus last week with a 1.9/7 in the demo and 6.6 million total viewers. “Expedition Impossible” aired the following hour, jumping 23 percent compared to last week with a 1.6/5 in the demo and 5 million total viewers. “Rookie Blue” closed the night flat versus last week, tying for the series’ summer low with a 1.3/4 in the demo and 4,8 million total viewers.

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” at 8 enjoyed a 6 percent uptick compared to last week, registering a 1.7/6 in the demo and 5.2 million total viewers. A “Glee” repeat followed.

NBC ran repeats throughout the evening.