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TV ratings: 'Big Brother' wins Thursday night for CBS

TV ratings: 'Big Brother' wins Thursday night for CBS
Host Julie Chen interviews Jessie Kowalski following her eviction on "Big Brother." (Sonja Flemming / CBS)

With tension rising in the house, "Big Brother" was the most-watched and highest-rated telecast Thursday night, bringing in an average 6.87 million viewers and a rating of 2.3 in the key 18-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen. 

CBS, still blacked out for Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas, won the night with 6.12 million viewers and a rating of 1.7. Numbers for all the networks are subject to change because of local coverage of preseason NFL games affecting 5% of the country.

Based on the inflated numbers, "Big Brother's" total viewership increased 4% from last week, while its 18-49 rating fell 4%. A ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers. In the live eviction episode, Jessie was unanimously booted from the house.

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"Hollywood Game Night," NBC's only original for the night, jumped 18% this week to a 1.3 rating. On ABC, the slapstick show "Wipeout" got a 78% boost, scoring a 1.6 rating, while "Motive" rose 86% and "Rookie Blue" leaped 56%.

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Fox was in all repeats.

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