Ratings: Rookie Blue, Fox Dating Shows and Breaking Pointe Finale Rise, Saving Hope Slips

It was good news for almost everybody this Thursday night, as NBC — sans Olympics trials coverage — came down from its pommel horse and offered softer competition.

In the 8 o’clock hour, Fox’s Siberia-bound Take Me Out, with 3.1 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, tied a demo high and was up 8 percent from its last “normal” outing. Duets (4.8 mil/1.0) meanwhile grabbed a few extra eyeballs, and The CW’s Breaking Pointe closed the curtain on almost a million viewers while scoring a 0.3 rating, up sharply from last week’s Olympics-impaired numbers and at the very least even with the week prior. (A Big Bang Theory repeat led the hour and night with 8.9 million viewers and a 2.4.)

Come 9 pm, Fox’s The Choice (3.8 mil/1.6) tied a series high in the 18-34 demo, yet trailed an excellent Person of Interest repeat in viewers (8 mil/1.5, featuring the gorg’ Paige Turco) and Wipeout (down double digits to 5.5 mil/1.7). NBC’s Saving Hope (2.2 mil/0.4), now with a shakier lead-in (sitcom reruns), dropped more than 30 percent from last week’s Olympics-buoyed numbers and was down 19 and 10 percent from the week before that (where it was teed up by a lackluster Bieber).

Closing the night, Rookie Blue (5.1 mil/1.3) trailed a Mentalist repeat (6.8 mil/1.2) in total audience yet notched gains of 9 and 18 percent, while Rock Center (3.3 mil/0.9) hit a summertime high in the demo.