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Ratings Chart Attack!

‘Big Brother’ Tops Prime Time

August 29, 2008 3:41 PM

Big Brother“Big Brother” barely edged out “The Moment of Truth” as the top-rated show of Thursday night, as CBS and Fox tied for Thursday’s highest-rated network.

For information on Barack Obama’s record-setting ratings during Thursday’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention, click here.

“Brother” scored a 2.2 rating/7 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research, increasing one-tenth of a percentage point from last week.

CBS and Fox both ended the night with a 1.7 rating/5 share.

Two special episodes of “Moment of Truth” brought in a 1.4/4 and a 2.1/6, respectively, for Fox. It was a different night for “Truth,” which usually airs on Tuesdays. Also, football preempted a good chunk of the country, which would explain the lowish first rating for the first episode. “Truth” last aired on a Tuesday on July 8, drawing a 2.0/6.

ABC and NBC tied for third with a 1.4/4. ABC showed repeats, while NBC’s Jaguars-Redskins game laid out a 0.8/3.

The CW took the fifth spot with a 0.6/2.

Watch to Watch for This Labor Day Weekend:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Not much. “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” are new on Comedy Central at 11 p.m. on Friday, which is different. But beyond that, go windsurfing or lobster-wrestling or something. Summer is ending.


ABC, CBS and NBC: Convention season isn’t over yet. The first day of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul kicks off with the head honcho himself, President George W. Bush. Prime-time coverage starts at 10 p.m. EST.

The CW: Keep your acronym dictionary handy because, OMFG GUYS, “Gossip Girl” premieres its second season at 8 p.m. My texting thumbs are just aching in anticipation of quickly Twittering the word “Scandalous” at 8:07 p.m.

The CW also rolls out its sixth season premiere of “One Tree Hill” at 9 p.m.

Fox: “Prison Break” digs into its fourth season at 8 p.m. in a two-hour premiere. I’m getting a little frightened as to how many prisons in multiple countries can get broken out of and into.


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Lobster wrestling?

I think only Woody Allen can wrestle a lobster (Annie Hall).

Of course, Ross is Rachel's lobster (Friends, season four, I believe) and what they did until their eventual breakup could be called wrestling (though that indicates an awkwardness that I just don't wanna think about).

This has nothing to do with TV ratings, though.

Just shows you that even I, the TV junkie, can't bring myself to writing about this year's Big Brother cast, who are all too embarrassing for me.

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