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TV Ratings: CBS' 'Big Brother' Ties Season High

The season finale of ABC's "Expedition: Impossible" rose 15 percent.

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Sonja Flemming/CBS
"Big Brother"

There's no quitting with Big Brother.

The CBS summer staple drew its largest audience since September 2007, with 8.5 million total viewers tuning in to see both Daniele and Jeff leave the Big Brother house for jury. The latest episode also tied its season high in the ad-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, averaging a 3.2 rating. With the strength of Big Brother's ratings performance, CBS easily topped the night in both viewers (7.2 million) and the demo (2.2).

Expedition: Impossible (5.2 million, 1.5) aired its season finale, up 15 percent from the previous week. Rookie Blue (5.1 million, 1.3) also improved 8 percent, while Wipeout (6.7 million, 1.9) remained steady. Worthy of note, CBS repeats at 8 p.m. of The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement topped Wipeout in the demo. As the network with a complete lineup of originals, ABC placed second in viewers (5.7 million) and the demo (1.5), behind CBS.

NBC, Fox and the CW aired repeats.

CBS -- 2.2   
* The Big Bang Theory (R):  2.1, 7.9 million
* Rules of Engagement (R):  1.8, 6.1 million
* Big Brother:  3.2, 8.5 million
* The Mentalist (R):  1.3, 6.1 million
 
ABC -- 1.5  
* Wipeout:  1.9, 6.7 million
* Expedition: Impossible finale: 1.5, 5.2 million
* Rookie Blue:  1.3, 5.1 million
 
Fox -- 1.1  
Bones: 1.0, 4 million
Bones: 1.2, 4.5 million

NBC -- 0.9   
* Community (R):  0.9, 2.9 million
* Parks & Recreation (R):  0.9, 2.5 million
* The Office (R):  1.1, 3 million
* 30 Rock (R):  1.0, 2.7 million
* Law & Order: SVU (R):  0.9, 3.2 million