Primetime Ratings: ‘Big Brother' Premieres on Top for CBS

Debut about even with last year's premiere

CBS' Big Brother nabbed some big viewer totals in its season 11 premiere Thursday night. Debuting at 8 p.m., it won the time slot with a 2.3/8 rating and was first in viewers at 6.7 million.

The number was higher than last year's 2.1/7 and the show increased in viewers by about 400,000 (though last year it debuted on a Sunday rather than during the week). A rerun of Fox's Bones was next at 8 with a 1.5/5. NBC came in at 1.2/4 for reruns of 30 Rock (1.2/4) and The Office (1.3/4). ABC's Samantha Who earned a 1.0/3. The CW was fifth at 0.5/2 for a Smallville rerun.

Fox took first at 9 with the night's highest rating, a 2.8/9 for So You Think You Can Dance. A rerun of CSI pulled a 1.6/5 for CBS. NBC stayed in third at 1.2/4 with more reruns of The Office (1.3/4) and 30 Rock (1.1/3). A Grey's Anatomy rerun on ABC earned a 0.8/2. The CW's Supernatural (rerun) came in at 0.5/1.

At 10, CBS was first with a 1.7/5 and the highest viewer total on the night (8.3 million) for a rerun of The Mentalist. NBC was next at 0.7/2 for The Listener. A Private Practice rerun garnered a 0.6/2 for ABC.

On the night, Fox was furst at 2.1/7. CBS came up second at 1.9/6 and first in viewers with a 7.5 million average. NBC was third at 1.1/3, followed by ABC at 0.8/3. The CW finished fifth with a 0.5/2.