NBC’s ‘Talent’ tops ratings race

Show bests 'Wipeout,' 'Dance'

NBC unscripted stalwart “America’s Got Talent” was Wednesday primetime’s most watched program among adults 18-49 and households overall, topping ABC’s “Wipeout” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

An unimpressive performance from “The Philanthropist,” however, forced NBC to cede a Wednesday victory in the demo to Fox, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

“Talent” drew a 2.9 rating and 9 share in 18-49 and 11.4 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. but couldn’t save “Philanthropist” (1.1/4, 4.3 million) at 10 p.m. A repeat episode of “Talent” (1.6/6, 6.5 million) started the night for the Peacock.

The two-hour “Dance” (2.6/9, 6.8 million) was Fox’s sole entry on the night, running almost neck-and-neck with the 8 p.m. “Wipeout” (2.6/9, 7.7 million) on ABC. The Alphabet followed with “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (1.6/5, 4.4 million) and “Primetime: Crime” (1.6/5, 5.6 million).

CBS offered a night of scripted reruns: “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.0/4, 4.0 million), “Gary Unmarried” (1.2/4, 4.0 million), “Criminal Minds” (1.7/5, 7.3 million) and “CSI: NY” (1.8/6, 8.0 million).

The CW presented two encores of “America’s Next Top Model,” each drawing a 0.1/4 with just under 1 million viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 2.6/9, NBC 1.9/6, ABC 1.9/6, CBS 1.5/5, Univision 1.3/4, CW 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC 7.4 million, Fox 6.8 million, CBS 6.4 million, ABC 5.8 million, Univision 3.3 million, CW 0.9 million.

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