CBS topped the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers led by a Big Brother was steady versus last Thursday with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.  Two days of Lady Gaga on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance didn’t boost the ratings much, Wednesday’s episode was 5% higher than the previous week. The preliminary 1.7 adults 18-49 rating for last night is 6% higher than last week, though an adjustment of another tenth up in the finals wouldn’t be surprising.

ABC’s Expedition Impossible rebounded 23% from last week’s season low to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue was steady versus last week, but at a season-low tying 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 28, 2011: 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.9/7 7.07
ABC Wipeout 1.9/7 6.63
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.7/6 5.29
NBC Community (R) 0.6/2 2.16
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.5/2 1.11
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R) 1.6/5 5.70
NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.7/2 2.09
9:00 CBS Big Brother 2.6/8 6.98
ABC Expedition Impossible 1.6/5 5.02
FOX Glee (R) 1.0/3 3.47
NBC The Office (R) 0.9/3 2.34
CW Plain Jane (R) 0.3/1 0.79
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 0.8/2 2.05
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue 1.3/4 4.88
CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.2/4 6.12
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 0.9/3 3.32

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

• In In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.5/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.4/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.8/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/4; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) 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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NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day DVR viewing” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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