‘Survivor,’ ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Talent’ in Wednesday Ratings Tussle

Reality shows dominate primetime viewing Wednesday

Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49.

CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and the “Big Brother” denouement (2.4/7, 6.7 million), though NBC finished first in total viewers.

Thanks to “The X-Factor” (2.2/7, 6.6 million), Fox sneaked in to finish second in 18-49 ahead of NBC, which had “Talent” (2.5/7, 11.3 million) from 9-11 p.m. but was weighed down by “Million Second Quiz” (1.2/4, 4.9 million) at 8 p.m. “Talent” showed slight week-to-week improvement as well as year-to-year compared with last September’s season finale.

Trailing were the two networks still showing repeats from 2012-13: ABC, which was topped by its second “Modern Family” of the night at 9:30 p.m. (1.5/4, 4.1 million), and the CW, led by “Supernatural” at 9 p.m. (0.4/1, 1.1 million).

Head-to-head, CBS eked out victory in the timeslot battles from 8 p.m. through 10 p.m., while NBC had the edge in the final hour of primetime.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 2.5/8, Fox 2.2/7, NBC 2.0/6, Univision 1.3/4, ABC 1.0/3, CW 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC 9.2 million, CBS 8.1 million, Fox 6.6 million, ABC 3.5 million, Univision 3.4 million, CW 1.1 million.

More TV

  • 'Scarface' Slated for 35th Anniversary Re-Release

    Film News Roundup: 'Scarface' Set for 35th Anniversary Re-Release

    Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49. CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, […]

  • John Malkovich Valley of the Gods

    John Malkovich to Play Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's 'The ABC Murders'

    Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49. CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, […]

  • Danica Patrick

    TV News Roundup: Danica Patrick to Host 2018 ESPY Awards

    Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49. CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, […]

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Boss on 30-Hour Cancellation, Revival, Planning the End

    Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49. CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, […]

  • Arrested Development

    Jessica Walter Says Jeffrey Tambor Verbally Harassed Her on 'Arrested Development' Set

    Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49. CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, […]

  • Michael Jackson Sony

    Michael Jackson Estate Slams ABC News Special

    Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49. CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, […]

  • New Amsterdam

    Upfronts 2018 Social Buzz: NBC's 'New Amsterdam,' CW's 'Charmed' Reboot See Early Lead Among New Shows

    Reality shows dominated primetime viewing Wednesday, as the season finales of CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the season premiere of “Survivor” drew nearly identical numbers among adults 18-49. CBS won the night in the demo, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, behind the 90-minute “Survivor” premiere (2.6 rating/8 share in 18-49, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content