‘Big Brother,’ ‘Talent’ Top Night; ‘Extant,’ ‘Motive’ Hit Lows

Big Brother Americas Got Talent Ratings

Audiences stuck with their reality favorites on Wednesday, as CBS’ “Big Brother” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” were the top draws among young adults while dramas “Extant” on CBS and “Motive” on ABC fell to lows. One scripted bright spot was NBC’s “Taxi Brooklyn,” which took advantage of its stronger lead-in to hit series highs.

According to preliminary “Live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” (2.3 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) was up two tenths week to week, its third straight week of Wednesday growth; head-to-head, it beat NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 18-49 (2.3 vs. 2.1). At 9 p.m., though, drama “Extant” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) was affected by the stronger “Talent” competition, tumbling four tenths in the demo and losing about 1.5 million total viewers week to week.

In its first two weeks, “Extant” saw its averages grow by six tenths of a ratings point in 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers overall when comparing its same-night ratings to “Live + 3-day” numbers.

At NBC, “America’s Got Talent” moved to the night with solid numbers for a two-hour episode (2.3/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), nearly in line with its averages on the previous night. It grew with each half-hour and more than doubled the 18-49 rating of “Extant” in the 9 o’clock hour (2.5 vs. 1.1); the show will also air a two-hour episode next week before assuming its regular hourlong 9 p.m. timeslot for its results show beginning the following week.

Capping the night for NBC, first-year drama “Taxi Brooklyn” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) surged three tenths week to week for a series high. It beat out CBS’ repeat of “Criminal Minds” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and nearly doubled the demo delivery of ABC’s firstrun “Motive” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), which was down two tenths to a series low.

Preceding “Motive” on ABC were encores of comedies “The Middle” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and a second “Middle” at 9:30 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall).

At Fox, “So You Think You Can Dance” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) was up a tick from its low of last week, but still delivered less than half the number of young adults as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” head-to-head.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.9/7; CBS, 1.4/5; Univision, 1.3/4; Fox, 1.1/4; ABC, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.6 million; CBS, 6.0 million; Fox, 3.8 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.2 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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  1. Extant ? Wait ....what? says:

    But I thought les Moonves said Extant was going to be a “smash hit”………………..

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