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Primetime Ratings: CBS, Fox Split the Win

CBS and Fox were both on top in Thursday ratings, the two networks posting a 1.3 rating in viewers 18-49, and a 5 share. CBS had repeats leading in to Big Brother at 1.9, up a tenth of a point from last week, then Zoo up 50% to 0.9.

On Fox, a repeat of Beat Shazam led into a new Love Connection at 1.3. Last week’s Love Connection scored a 0.6.

The ratings are subject to adjustment based on numerous pre-emptions for pre-season football.

Next was NBC at 1.0/4. Two repeats of The Wall led into the Night Shift finale at 0.9. Last week’s Night Shift did a 0.8.

ABC did a 0.8/3. Battle of the Network Stars repeats preceded a Gong Show rerun.

The CW rated a 0.6/3. Its originals showed big gains, with Penn & Teller: Fool Us at 0.6, up 50%, and Whose Line Is It Anyway? up 75% to 0.7.

Among Spanish-language networks, Telemundo scored a 0.7/3 and Univision a 0.5/2.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.