TV ratings: NFL games help CBS score Thursday

NFL preseason games aired in a number of local markets Thursday night, and they skewed ratings upward in those markets. CBS got the biggest bump, but the numbers were up pretty much across the board. Some of that will drop out in the final nationals, but with that in mind, here's how Thursday played out:

CBS scored 9.65 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/10 share in households for the night, easily beating second-place ABC (6.3 million, 3.9/7). NBC took third with a 5.2 million viewers and a 3.4/6. FOX (4.7 million, 2.9/5) came in fourth, and The CW (1.8 million, 1.1/2) trailed.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 2.7 rating led the way. NBC finished second in the demo at 1.8. ABC, 1.6, edged FOX, 1.5, for third place. The CW drew a 0.6.

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