8:26am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Wins Easily Thursday, 'Take Two' Finale Ticks Up
Big Brother delivered a ratings win for CBS Thursday night, although its current numbers may be a little bit inflated by an NFL preemption.
The latest eviction episode of Big Brother — also notable for the way host Julie Chen signed off at the end of the hour — currently sits at a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. That would be a season high if it holds, but it may come down as the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati aired the Thursday Night Football telecast in primetime.
(NBC's Baltimore affiliate also aired the game, preempting a night of reruns on the network.)
Thursday's only other original programming on the networks was on ABC. Match Game posted a season-high 0.8 (with an assist from a Celebrity Family Feud rerun (0.9) as its lead-in) for its finale. The season finale of Take Two earned a 0.5, its best rating since Aug. 9 and slightly above its season average of 0.4.
CBS averaged a 1.2 in the 18-49 demo in primetime, pending updates. ABC finished second at 0.7, and Fox and NBC tied for third at 0.5, pending updates for NBC. The CW trailed with a 0.1.
At 11:35 p.m., The Tonight Show tied its best metered-market demo rating of 2018 (excluding post-NFL and Olympic nights), scoring a 0.7 for a live episode from New York's Central Park. Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show tied at 0.4.
Late Night led at 12:35 a.m. with a 0.4 in adults 18-49, followed by The Late Late Show (0.3) and Nightline (0.2).