'Brother' ties with previous high of season

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BRISTOL, Conn. -- CBS' "Big Brother" tied its highest ratings so far this season in the adults 18-49 demographic in Thursday's primetime.

The preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research are particularly unreliable with football-related pre-emptions on CBS and NBC in about 15% of the U.S. But CBS probably won the night in both viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic, with the other networks further behind. Final results may be released later Friday, and things may change.

CBS started with a "Big Brother" that averaged 9.4 million viewers and a 3.2 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 while NBC came in second in the demo with repeat episodes of "My Name Is Earl" (6.4 million, 2.2/7) and "30 Rock" (5.6 million, 2.0/6) while a repeat "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" (6 million, 2.0/6) did OK for Fox.

The 9 p.m. hour belonged to a repeat "CSI" (11.4 million, 3.2/9), which was also the night's top show in viewership and the demo. CBS continued the winning streak at 10 p.m. with "Without a Trace" (9.7 million, 2.8/8).

Thursday averages: CBS (10.2 million, 3.1/9); Fox (6.3 million, 2.0/6); ABC (5.6 million, 1.8/5); NBC (5.3 million, 2.0/6); and the CW (2.5 million, 0.9/3).
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