Comedy repeats and badly behaved Big Brother residents put CBS on top in the ratings Thursday night, in the demo and overall crowd. CBS’ lineup is still being blacked out by Time Warner Cable in three of the country’s top 5 TV markets, and last night its lineup was pre-empted in Boston for an NFL preseason game. NBC was pre-empted in Baltimore for football, ABC in Detroit, and CW in Charlotte — fast nationals are probably inflated. CBS comedy retreads The Big Bang Theory (2.1, 8 million viewers) and Two And A Half Men (2.0, 7.4 million) had little competition at 8 PM, though ABC’s Wipeout matched a season high in the demo (1.3).
Big Brother (2.3 rating) claimed the night’s No. 1 spot in the demo, and was up a tenth from last week at 9 PM. ABC’s Motive hit a 12-week high in the demo (1.1). At 10, NBC’s recently renewed Hollywood Game Night was No. 1 in the demo (1.3 rating), hitting a four-week high and up 8% compared to last week; it averaged 4 million viewers overall. ABC’s Rookie Blue was the slot’s most-watched show for the seventh week running with 5.3 million tuned in. Fox finished fifth for the night in the demo, with Glee and New Girl clocking 0.7 ratings in the demo, and The Mindy Project a 0.6.