9:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Tops a Even Thursday
A repeat of The Big Bang Theory brought the night's biggest TV audience, 7.2 million viewers over the course of the half hour, but it was CBS neighbor Big Brother that again won Thursday in the key demo.
With a dead even 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, Big Brother led all other original telecasts of the evening — almost doubling the closest showing, ABC special The President and the People (1.0 adults).
Big Brother's 9 p.m. hour was also the night's most crowded. With originals across all 5 of the broadcast networks, all of them even with the previous episodes, ABC's Greatest Hits and NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge each came in No. 2 with a 0.9 rating in the key demo. Fox's Home Free pulled a 0.5 rating with adults 18-49, while the CW's Beauty and the Beast came in with a 0.2 rating.
Elsewhere, Fox had another new episode of Bones — enjoying a strange cycle of original airings for its penultimate season. It took a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m.
NBC aired a new Aquarius (0.5 adults) at 10 o'clock.