Reality favorites top Wednesday ratings

Pair of Kennedy specials nab soft numbers

The usual suspects, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and ABC’s “Wipeout,” set the pace in the ratings race on Wednesday, a night that also saw a pair of news specials on the life on Ted Kennedy fair poorly.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “America’s Got Talent” was the night’s top-rated program (2.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall), winning the 9 o’clock hour by 3 shares in the 18-49 demo and improving week to week. NBC also was above average at 10 p.m. with a repeat of “Law & Order” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and ran second with an “America’s Got Talent” recap show kicking off the night (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “Wipeout” was about average in winning the 8 o’clock hour (2.5/8 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and provided a nice lead-in for the premiering reality series “Crash Course” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall). “Crash” placed a solid second in 18-49 during the 9 o’clock hour, though it dipped some in its second half-hour.

News specials on Ted Kennedy settled for soft numbers on both CBS at 8 p.m. (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and ABC at 10 p.m. (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) — in both cases producing ratings below what the net had averaged in the timeslot one week earlier.

CBS was led by 10 o’clock crime drama repeat “CSI: NY” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), while Fox didn’t do much with repeats of “Bones” at both 8 p.m. (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and 9 p.m. (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.2/7; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.5/5; CBS and Fox, 1.3/4; CW, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.9 million; ABC and CBS, 5.5 million; Fox, 4.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.2 million

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