Big Brother by Sonja Flemming/CBS Big Brother by Sonja Flemming/CBS

Thursday's ratings highlights:

" The penultimate installment of Big Brother 10 delivered 7.93 million total viewers, a week-to-week gain of 24 percent.

" An audience of 5.37 million squeezed Hole in the Wall into their schedule, a slight improvement on the gamer's most recent sneak peek.

" Kitchen Nightmares' regular time-period premiere ruled the 9 pm demos and trailed only a CSI repeat in total viewers (with 6.14 million).

" Flashpoint, long-benched by this convention and that one, returned to an audience of 8.55 million - an 18 percent increase over its previous outing and a series high.

Next week: Smallville and Supernatural return to the mix. (I just got the SPN premiere, cannot wait to pop it in!) - Matt Mitovich