CBS was back in action with new Big Brother and the one hour premiere was enough for CBS to take the night both with adults 18-49 and total viewers, and was the night’s top program by a wide margin. The premiere was up across the board from last year, up 8% in adults 18-49 to a 2.7 rating, up 5% with adults 18-34, up 14% with adults 25-54 and up 5% in total viewers to 7.71 million.

If the ratings hold in the finals, it was the best premiere in households and adults 18-49 since season 8 in 2007; in adults 18-34 since season 7 in 2006 and in both viewers and adults 25-54 since season 6 in 2005.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance was steady versus last week, but steady at a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, and this week nobody can cite an early start to a holiday weekend on their Fan Excuse Bingo cards.

ABC’s lineup was mixed. Wipeout was steady versus last week with a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Expedition Impossible was down 11% to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, but Rookie Blue was up 7% from last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Love Bites was steady with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 7, 2011: 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Wipeout 2.0/7 6.64
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.8/7 6.70
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.6/6 5.95
NBC Community (R) 0.7/2 2.29
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.4/2 1.16
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R) 1.4/5 5.19
NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.8/3 2.19
9:00 CBS Big Brother (Season Premiere) 2.7/8 7.71
ABC Expedition Impossible 1.6/5 5.52
NBC The Office (R) 1.0/3 2.44
FOX Glee (R) 0.9/3 3.12
CW Nikita (R) 0.4/1 1.12
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 0.7/2 2.02
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue 1.5/4 5.68
CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.3/4 6.71
NBC Love Bites 0.7/2 1.97

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,” 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.0/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.2/4 with an encore.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/2 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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