CBS' 'Brother,' meanwhile, is the night's top-rated show

With “Masterchef” shifting timeslots, Fox won the ratings race Wednesday but CBS had the top show of the night with the latest installment of “Big Brother.”

While the Gordon Ramsay-powered cooking competition scored a 2.1 rating and 6 share in the 18-49 demo (and 5 million viewers) to give Fox a win against mostly reality competish and reruns, the two-hour telecast fell 21% from its usual Tuesday perch. Clearly the loss of former lead-in “Hell’s Kitchen” hurt, as did the timeslot shuffling.

It should also be noted that although Fox did win the night, it failed to win either of the 8 or 9 o’clock timeslots. Net has the advantage of not telecasting a 10 p.m. program.

CBS and NBC tied for second. At 8 o’clock, “Big Brother” (2.6/9, 7.5m) rose 8% from a week ago and easily handled the Peacock’s fading “Minute to Win It” (1.6/5, 5.6m) and a pair of “The Middle” repeats on the Alphabet.

An hour later, NBC defeated all comers as “America’s Got Talent” (2.5/7, 10.1m) heads towards its season finale in a few weeks. Though the series dropped 11% from last week, it drew more viewers Wednesday than any other program. ABC stayed in repeat mode with “Modern Family” (1.2/4, 3.7m) and “Cougar Town” (1.1/3, 2.9m).

“Law & Order: SVU” (1.4/4, 4.7m) defeated “CSI: NY” (1.2/4, 5.3m) and “Castle” (1.0/3, 3/8m) in a battle of 10 o’clock repeats.

At the CW, “Plain Jane” drew 1.3 million — its largest audience to date since premiering July 28.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.1/6; NBC, 1.8/6; CBS, 1.8/6; Univision, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 6.8 million; CBS, 6.4 million; Fox, 5 million; Univision, 3.9 million; ABC, 3.7 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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