‘MasterChef,’ ‘America’s Got Talent’ Set Pace on Wednesday

Ratings: 'MasterChef,' 'America's Got Talent' Lead

Fox show leads in young adults, while the NBC veteran is the top broadcast in total viewers

A double-serving of “MasterChef” put Fox on top of its rivals in key demos on Wednesday, while NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” remained the night’s most popular broadcast series overall.

A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” again figured to be the night’s overall leader in young adults, last week doing a big 4.5 rating at 10 o’clock.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen for Wednesday, Fox’s “MasterChef” averaged a timeslot-leading 2.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers overall in its regular 9 p.m. timeslot — on par with last week in the demo and up in total viewers. Its extra original episode at 8 p.m. did a 2.0/7 in 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall, down from its most recent 8 o’clock performance but tied for the timeslot lead in 18-49.

NBC opened with a repeat of “America’s Got Talent” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), followed by an original live episode of the show (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall), which was up slightly week to week and on par with the show’s performance of a year ago. Firstrun drama “Camp” held steady at 10 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall).

At CBS, “Big Brother” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) was perhaps affected by the extra “MasterChef” competition, coming in down about 10% week to week but still held tying for the timeslot lead in 18-49. Finishing up the night for CBS were repeats of “Criminal Minds” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

ABC again lagged its rivals on the night with its lineup of repeat comedies “The Middle” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall at 8:30), “Modern Family” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) and “The Neighbors” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) followed by a new episode of “The Lookout” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.2/7; NBC, 1.5/5; CBS and Univision, 1.3/4; ABC, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.5/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 6.4 million; Fox, 5.8 million; CBS, 5.5 million; Univision, 3.3 million; ABC, 3.2 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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  1. SFSolstice says:

    My 1st year watching Big Brother. So, is CBS at all concerned that the show models the “win at any cost” including lying to the persons face while all the while plotting their demise behind their backs. Are the women in the game always such cut-throat b*tches? I think the continued ratings drop are based on which players are still in the game. It will be interesting to see how CBS handles the publicity when the most racist person who also engages in vicious verbal almost psycho attacks towards the other house guest WINS. Actually her behavior is so borderline that I think CBS should have stopped the show and removed her from the game. I’m not sure what CBS wants to model for their society of viewers, but I don’t think it’s truth, fairness, compassion, empathy and fair play including confronting racism & homophobia.

  2. Eric Olsen says:

    And my girlfriend wonders why I hope never to have to write for TV.

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