Thursday Ratings: Big Brother Opens Solid, But Fox & Dance Still Win Night

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The 11th installment of CBS’s Big Brother returned even with last season’s debut (2.3 rating adults 18-49). But the latest collection of crazy people in a house wasn’t enough to stop So You Think You Can Dance from helping Fox to win the night with a overall 2.1 18-49 demo rating.

CBS is likely very happy with BB 11’s opening. In today’s broadcast world, even is the new way up! Samantha Who? continues to drift slowly into the sunset, even with last week’s 1.0 rating.

So You Think You Can Dance was up 20% in the 18-49 demo from last week against the same competition. I’d guess the lack of an up coming holiday weekend caused the boost, but things could just be getting more interesting as the field narrows.

The numbers for The Listener keep getting worse, and no floor seems to be in sight. It fell to a mere 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, its lowest of the summer. Could a televised fish bowl do that much worse?

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 11 (premiere) 2.2 8 1.7 7 6.609
FOX Bones (repeat) 1.4 5 1.1 4 5.370
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.2 4 0.9 4 3.350
ABC Samantha Who? 1.0 4 0.7 3 3.592
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 0.5 2 1.351
8:30 CBS Big Brother 11 (premiere) 2.3 8 1.8 7 6.752
FOX Bones (repeat) 1.5 5 1.1 4 5.944
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.3 4 1.0 4 3.021
ABC Samantha Who? 1.0 3 0.7 3 3.231
CW Smallville (repeat) 0.5 2 0.6 2 1.364
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.7 9 2.8 10 7.662
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.5 5 0.9 3 7.299
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.3 4 1.1 4 2.931
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 0.7 2 0.5 2 2.594
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.5 1 0.6 2 1.141
9:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.9 9 2.8 10 7.931
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.6 5 0.9 3 7.827
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.1 3 0.9 3 2.547
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 0.8 3 0.6 2 2.828
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.5 1 0.5 2 1.115
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.7 5 0.9 3 8.192
NBC The Listener 0.8 2 0.5 2 3.155
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 0.6 2 0.5 2 2.174
10:30 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.7 6 1.0 4 8.469
NBC The Listener 0.7 2 0.5 2 3.327
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 0.6 2 0.4 2 2.211

Shows are sorted from highest 18-49 rating to lowest in each time slot.

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