TV ratings: CBS and FOX lead Thursday

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 30, 2009

CBS claimed its usual top spot in Thursday's overall ratings, but the elimination of two more competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance" gave FOX a demographic win.

CBS led the night with just under 7.4 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/9 share in households. FOX (6.3 million, 3.9/7) came in second. NBC finished third but was pretty far off the pace with just 3.5 million viewers and a 2.4/4. ABC (3 million, 2.1/4) was fourth, and The CW took fifth with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.9/2.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.0. CBS drew a 1.7 to finish second, ahead of NBC's 1.2. Neither ABC (0.8) nor The CW (0.5) broke the 1.0 barrier.

The hour-by-hour breakdown:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Big Brother 11" (6.4 million viewers, 4.1/8 households)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (5.2 million, 3.3/6)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (3.38 million, 2.4/4)
NBC: "30 Rock" rerun (3.79 million, 2.6/6)/"Parks and Recreation" rerun (3 million, 2.0/4)
The CW: "Smallville" rerun (1.3 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "Big Brother 11" (2.0)

9 p.m.

CBS: "CSI" rerun (7.5 million, 5.0/9)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (7.4 million, 4.6/8)
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" rerun (3.3 million, 2.3/4)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (3.2 million, 2.1/4)/"30 Rock" rerun (3 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.5)

10 p.m.

CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (8.3 million, 5.5/10)
NBC: "Law & Order" rerun (4.2 million, 2.9/5)
ABC: "Private Practice" rerun (2.4 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (1.8)

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

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