TV ratings: 'Big Brother,' crime pays for CBS Thursday

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 9, 2009

(Note: We're trying something a little different with the daily ratings story. We're doing away with listing household ratings in favor of the easier-to-understand total viewer numbers, while also supplying some additional information about the adults 18-49 rankings. Let us know what you think.)

The ratings were all about CBS on Thursday night, even though its fresh material didn't fare as well as one of its tried-and-true crime procedural repeats, but when it came to the demographic crown, FOX owned that.

CBS attracted around 7.5 million viewers in primetime, ahead of second-place FOX's 6.7 million. NBC got third place with 3.06 million, while ABC wasn't too far behind with 2.8 million. The CW came in last with 1.2 million viewers.

In the adults 18-49 demo, FOx led with a 2.1 rating, followed by CBS, 1.9, NBC, 1.1, ABC, 0.8, and The CW, 0.5.

CBS kicked off its lead for the night with its "Big Brother" premiere at 8 p.m. drawing 6.7 million viewers and handily winning the 18-49 demo with a 2.3. A "Bones" rerun (5.66 million) gave FOX second place, while ABC's "Samantha Who?" double shot (3.4 million) just beat out NBC's "30 Rock" and "The Office" repeats (3.2 million) for third. The CW's "Smallville" repeat was good for last with 1.4 million viewers.

The 9 p.m. race allowed FOX to pull ahead with its "So You Think You Can Dance" results show (7.8 million and a 2.9 rating for the adult demo), just ahead of CBS' "CSI" rerun (7.6 million). More "The Office" and "30 Rock" reruns (2.74 million) on NBC practically tied ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" repeat (2.71 million), while The CW aired a "Supernatural" repeat.

Finally, CBS once again rose to the top in the 10 o'clock hour with the night's highest number of viewers, 8.3 million, for a repeat of "The Mentalist" in addition to the lead with a 1.7 in adults 18-49. NBC's "The Listener," 3.2 million viewers, took second, leaving ABC to finish in third with 2.2 million for its "Private Practice" repeat.

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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