Scientology works… when it comes to boosting the ratings for Rock Center. The NBC newsmag’s piece on the religion, pegged to TomKat’s divorce, drew 5.24 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, up 58 and 33 percent week-to-week and marking the show’s best numbers since late January.
Leading into the Rock, Saving Hope (3.2 mil/0.5) rebounding from last week’s soft outing with gains of 45 and 25 percent.
Thursday’s big premiere, Big Brother (7.1 mil/2.6), was down a few percentage points from last summer’s opener, but drew its second-highest premiere numbers since Feb. 2008, CBS notes.
* ABC’s Duets was flat at 4.8 mil/1.0, while Wipeout (5.6 mil/1.7) dipped a tenth in the demo. Rookie Blue (4.8 mil/1.3) won its hour in the demo but placed third in viewers, losing a handful of eyeballs.
* Fox’s Take Me Out was flat at 3 mil/1.2, while The Choice‘s season finale, with those same numbers, dropped 21 and 25 percent week-to-week.
* The 8:30 Big Bang Theory repeat led the night with an audience of 9 million total viewers and a 2.8 demo rating (edging out Big Brother).