ABC narrowly edged out FOX with adults 18-49 on Thursday and CBS had the most viewers.

After dropping to a series low 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 last Thursday, the already renewed Canadian import Rookie Blue bounced back to a 1.8 rating Thursday night.   In the same hour So You Think You Can Dance dropped a tenth to a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49, a summer run low, though there were slightly more overall viewers than there were last Thursday.

Big Brother was flat versus last week with a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.44 million viewers at 8pm.  A repeat episode of Wipeout was second at 8pm with a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and 6.4 million viewers.

A repeat of The Mentalist won the 10pm hour, and ABC’s Boston Med was up a 10th from last week’s series low rating with adults 18-49 to a 1.2 rating.

Note: we will not see ratings for Jersey Shore until sometime after 3pm ET.   Overnight ratings for cable shows are not published as quickly as the ratings for the broadcast networks.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 29, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 12 2.2/8 6.44
ABC Wipeout (R) 2.0/7 6.40
FOX Glee (R) 1.3/5 3.84
NBC Community (R) 1.0/4 2.84
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.5/2 1.47
8:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.0/3 2.60
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.9/6 5.77
ABC Rooke Blue 1.8/6 6.78
NBC The Office (R) 1.3/4 3.12
CBS CSI (R) 1.2/4 5.98
CW Moonlight (R) 0.4/1 1.25
9:30 NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 1.1/3 2.63
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.4/4 7.42
ABC Boston Med 1.2/4 4.72
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 0.9/3 3.01

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

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