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TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Powers CBS to Thursday Victory

ABC's "Expedition: Impossible" and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" dip.

Julie Chen
CBS

The latest eviction episode of CBS' Big Brother was Thursday's top-rated program.

Big Brother (7.3 million total viewers, 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 demographic), which introduced a new twist into the game and saw one of the Power Couples break up, easily won its 9 p.m. time slot and powered CBS for the nightly win in both total tune-in and the ad-coveted demo. The network also aired repeats of The Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement and The Mentalist.

ABC's Wipeout topped its 8 p.m. hour, averaging 6.6 million viewers and a 1.9 rating, steady from the previous week. Expedition: Impossible (4.8 million, 1.4) dropped 13 percent and Rookie Blue (5.1 million, 1.3) was flat.

Fox's elimination episode of So You Think You Can Dance (5.2 million, 1.6) slipped a tad from last week's comparable Thursday telecast.

NBC and the CW aired repeats.

CBS - 1.8
·        The Big Bang Theory (R):  1.6, 6.3 million viewers
·        Rules of Engagement (R):  1.4, 5.3 million viewers
·        Big Brother:  2.7, 7.3 million viewers
·        The Mentalist (R):  1.1, 5.9 million viewers

ABC - 1.5
·        Wipeout:  1.9, 6.6 million viewers
·        Expedition: Impossible:  1.4, 7.3 million viewers
·        Rookie Blue:  1.3, 5.1 million viewers

Fox - 1.2
·        So You Think You Can Dance:  1.6, 5.2 million viewers
·        Glee (R):  0.8, 2.9 million viewers

NBC - 0.9
·        Community (R):  0.6, 2.1 million viewers
·        Parks & Recreation (R):  0.7, 2 million viewers
·        The Office (R):  1.0, 2.4 million viewers
·        30 Rock (R):  0.8, 2 million viewers
·        Law & Order: SVU (R):  1.0, 3.5 million viewers

The CW - 0.3
·        The Vampire Diaries (R):  0.4, 1.2 million viewers
·        Plain Jane (R):  0.3, 785,000 viewers

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