The 12th season premiere of CBS’ Big Brother returned up 4% in the adults 18-49 ratings vs. last summer’s premiere to lead CBS to the ratings win on Thursday night.

The battle of summer reality is now fully joined, and Big Brother’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 4% from last summer’s premiere (2.3), shows that it’s ready to jump into the fight.

The entire ABC lineup was on a slippery Wipeout-like ratings slide last night. Wipeout itself slipped 14% from last week to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue was down 11% to a 1.6 rating, and ABC News’ Boston Medical fell 15% to a 1.1 rating.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance was even with last Thursday’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.6/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/6 with an encore; and ABC’s “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.7/3 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.1/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother (premiere) 2.4 9 7.456
ABC Wipeout 2.2 8 7.445
FOX Glee (repeat) 1.2 4 3.759
NBC Community (repeat) 0.8 3 2.641
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.6 2 1.518
8:30 ABC Wipeout 2.6 9 8.270
CBS Big Brother (premiere) 2.5 8 7.237
FOX Glee (repeat) 1.3 4 3.999
NBC Community (repeat) 0.7 2 2.068
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.6 2 1.518
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.9 6 5.701
ABC Rookie Blue 1.7 5 6.616
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.3 4 6.414
NBC Community (repeat) 0.9 3 2.155
CW Moonlight (repeat) 0.5 2 1.263
9:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.2 6 6.216
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.5 4 7.235
ABC Rookie Blue 1.5 4 6.150
NBC Community (repeat) 1.0 3 2.309
CW Moonlight (repeat) 0.5 1 1.197
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.6 5 8.421
ABC Boston Med 1.2 4 5.101
NBC Community (repeat) 1.1 3 2.229
10:30 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.6 5 8.699
ABC Boston Med 1.1 4 4.921
NBC Community (repeat) 0.9 3 2.019

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