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NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Tops Wednesday, ‘Camp’ Dips

CBS' 'Big Brother' edges up, wins opening hour

NBC prevailed in key demos on Wednesday behind the night’s top-rated program, “America’s Got Talent,” and a pretty good week-two showing by scripted drama “Camp.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC followed a repeat of “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m. (1.8/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) with an original episode at 9 (2.8/9 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall), which was flat week to week in 18-49 and up a bit in total viewers to remain easily the night’s No. 1 show.

Closing out the night for NBC was the second week of drama “Camp” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which was down just a tenth from its premiere (though it could come down to a 1.3 in the nationals). The only scripted summer original to perform better in 18-49 on broadcast or basic cable than “Camp” (pictured above) has been CBS’ “Under the Dome.”

At CBS, “Big Brother” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) won Wednesday’s opening hour in 18-49, up about 5% from last week in the demo as well as total viewers. It was followed by repeats of “Criminal Minds” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall).

Fox reduced “MasterChef” to an hour this week, with its 9 p.m. episode (second-place 2.1/7 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) down 9% (0.2) from last week, when it had the momentum of an original hour leading into it. An encore “MasterChef” aired at 8 for Fox (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), perhaps contributing to the week-to-week gains in the hour for the competing reality shows on CBS (“Big Brother”) and NBC (“America’s Got Talent” repeat).

ABC again lagged well behind its rivals on the night with its lineup of repeat comedies “The Middle” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), “Suburgatory” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and “The Neighbors” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), followed by original “The Lookout” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.0/7; Fox, 1.6/5; CBS, 1.5/5; Univision, 1.4/5; ABC and Telemundo, 0.7/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.7 million; CBS, 5.7 million; Fox, 4.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; ABC, 2.7 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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