Wednesday wealth spread around

CBS' 'Brother,' NBC's 'Talent' top shows of night

On a night when reality contests on other nets were down, CBS’ ”Big Brother” edged up to narrowly rule as Wednesday’s top-rated program among young adults.

The battle for primetime leadership was tight in all categories, with Fox winning in 18-49, CBS in 25-54 and NBC in total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”Big Brother” averaged a 2.5 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall during the 8 o’clock hour, up a tick from last week to win its timeslot over runner-up Fox by 2 shares in 18-49 and by 3 shares in 25-54. It was followed by repeats of ”Criminal Minds” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and ”CSI” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall).

At NBC, ”Minute to Win It” continues to struggle leading off the night (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), and that isn’t helping ”America’s Got Talent,” whose results show appears to have hit a season low (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) , though it easily ruled its timeslot and was again the night’s most-watched program overall. And at 10, ”Love in the Wild” again posted fairly good numbers (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), beating its ABC and CBS competition in 18-49.

Fox’s ”So You Think You Can Dance” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was down by 14% in 18-49, placing second in both hours but again leading the net to a nightly victory in the demo because the averages on the Big Three networks were dragged down by lower-rated performances in the 10 o’clock hour.

ABC was up slightly week to week as all of its repeat comedies , ”The Middle” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), ”Modern Family” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall at 8:30 and 1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall at 9) and ”Happy Endings” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) , posted gains. Also rising was firstrun 10 p.m. newsmag ”Primetime Nightline” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.8/5; CBS, 1.7/5; NBC, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.5/5; ABC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 6.4 million; CBS, 6.1 million; Fox, 5.4 million; ABC, 4.5 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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