Net wins Wednesday; NBC second with 'Talent'

CBS’ summer stalwart ”Big Brother” hit a season high Wednesday, easily standing as the night’s No. 1 program in demos. NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” remained the most popular program overall.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”Big Brother” dominated Wednesday’s opening hour with a 3.1 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers overall , up 11% in the demo week to week for a summer high on any night; the show likely benefited from the absence of Fox’s ”So You Think You Can Dance,” which wrapped last Wednesday. ”Brother” was followed by repeats of ”Criminal Minds” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and ”CSI” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), with the latter standing as the No. 1 broadcast program in the 10 o’clock hour. For the night, CBS ruled in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

At NBC, following another low-rated ”Minute to Win It” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), ”America’s Got Talent” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) was in line with its recent performances , placing second on the night in 18-49 and first in total viewers. Closing out the night was ”Love in the Wild” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which didn’t see any boost for its finale.

ABC seemed to benefit from the departure of Fox’s ”Dance,” as comedies ”The Middle” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), ”Modern Family” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall in a special 8:30 p.m. airing and 1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall in its regular 9 o’clock slot) and ”Happy Endings” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) all posted week-to-week gains. And holding steady at 10 was ”Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

Fox, which had been winning Wednesdays in 18-49 with ”So You Think You Can Dance,” was an afterthought on the night this week with repeats of the special ”Mobbed” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) and drama ”House.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.0/6; NBC, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.3/4; Fox, 0.7/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.0 million; NBC, 6.2 million; ABC, 4.3 million; Univision, 3.3 million; Fox, 1.9 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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