Tanner Stransky
August 14, 2009 AT 04:21 PM EDT

On a rather slow summer Thursday evening, the only two new episodes on television — ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and CBS’s Big Brother — both hit season highs in viewership, likely because there was so little competition. Millionaire bested its Tuesday night episode, which was previously its highest rated in this limited run, by 1.1 million. Overall, Millionaire has increased by 2 million viewers, or 31 percent, since it launched on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Big Brother hit a season high within its Thursday night airings, drawing a respectable 7.6 million viewers. (Hey, it’s summer! The expectations aren’t too high.) The rest of the night, as per usual, was filled with a bevy of repeats.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC)

Big Brother (CBS)

Bones (Fox)

30 Rock (NBC)

Supernatural (The CW)



4.7 (repeat)

4.0 (repeat)

2.0 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. Parks & Recreation (NBC) 3.3 (repeat)
9 p.m. CSI (CBS)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

House (Fox)

The Office (NBC)

Supernatural (The CW)

7.3 (repeat)

4.8 (repeat)

4.3 (repeat)

4.1 (repeat)

1.7 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (NBC) 3.9 (repeat)
10 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)

Law & Order (NBC)

Private Practice (ABC)

8.2 (repeat)

4.3 (repeat)

3.3 (repeat)

More ratings news from EW:

‘America’s Got Talent’ leads Wednesday, ‘Wipeout’ hits new low

‘America’s Got Talent’ dominates other first-run programming

NBC’s ‘Talent,’ Fox’s ‘SYTYCD’ finale dominate week

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