9:16am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Steady on Final Night of Republican National Convention
Coverage of the final night of the Republican National Convention -- and preseason football in some areas -- affected ratings for Thursday broadcasts, but for now it looks as if Big Brother was steady with The CW's The Next rising. Expect adjustments to be made in the final nationals later today.
The latest live eviction on Big Brother didn't drop substantially. Instead, the CBS summer reality series remained on par with its previous episodes, averaging 6.5 million total viewers and a 2.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. The net aired reruns of The Big Bang Theory (7.8 million, 2.1) and Two and a Half Men (6.7 million, 1.9) in the 8 p.m. hour.
Over on ABC, Wipeout rose three-tenths (5.8 million, 1.6), while Canadian cop drama Rookie Blue (5.8 million, 1.5) saw a significant jump -- nearly half a point -- for its penultimate episode of season three.
NBC's hospital drama Saving Hope (4.1 million, 1.1) also improved in its 9 p.m. time slot, marking a summer high for the Erica Durance series. The CW's try at the singing competition field, The Next, saw a healthy jump, rising to 1.3 million and a 0.5.
According to Nielsen fast nationals, CBS (1.0) and ABC's (1.0) coverage of the final night of the RNC improved over Wednesday while NBC's (0.8) dropped. Fox aired repeats throughout the evening.
CBS easily topped Thursday night with an aver demo rating of 1.8, followed by ABC (1.4), Fox (1.1), NBC (1.0) and The CW (0.5).