Paced by Big Brother, CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers.  Big Brother was up 8% from last week with adults 18-49 to a 2.7 rating and 8.18 million total viewers.   It was Big Brother’s largest audience since April 2008.

Rookie Blue was also up 0.1 ratings points with adults 18-49 to a 1.7 rating and 6.17 million total viewers.

Fortunately, the dog days of summer (and summer broadcast network ratings) will soon  be over.  Here’s our list of fall premiere dates for the broadcast networks (includes scripted cable premieres).

Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 26, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 12 2.7/10 8.18
ABC Wipeout (R) 1.9/6 6.29
FOX Bones (R) 1.2/4 4.37
NBC Community (R) 0.8/3 2.82
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.6/2 1.57
8:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 0.8/3 2.40
9:00 ABC Rookie Blue 1.7/5 6.17
CBS CSI (R) 1.4/4 6.63
NBC The Office (R) 1.1/3 2.80
FOX Fringe (R) 0.9/3 2.66
CW Moonlight (R) 0.5/1 1.36
9:30 NBC Community (R) 0.9/3 2.29
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.5/5 7.01
ABC Nightline Prime – Secrets of Your Mind 1.2/4 4.36
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 1.0/3 3.64

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NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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