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‘Big Brother 8’ Takes Thursday

September 14, 2007 11:09 AM

The 25-minute presidential address carried on the top four networks punched a hole in the 9 p.m. hour, potentially skewing the preliminary ratings for the latter half of the night. The address rated about the same on all the networks, between a 1.5 and 1.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, with CBS performing best thanks to a “Big Brother” lead-in.

As the number of houseguests dwindle, the ratings for CBS’s “Big Brother 8” keep climbing. The veteran series earned its best Thursday rating this season with a 3.2 and led the network to win the night overall.

Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” however, hit a series low to place a distant second behind “Brother” in the 8 p.m. hour. Fox also came in second place for the night.

NBC was third, ABC fourth and The CW fifth with repeats


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