Reality rules primetime ratings

'Talent,' 'Wipeout,' 'Dance' top Wednesday night

Reality ruled in primetime on Wednesday, with NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” ABC’s “Wipeout” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” all performing well despite opposing each other in the night’s middle hour. “Talent” was the top program in both demos and overall audience.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall), rising more than 10% week to week to rule the 9 o’clock hour and deliver NBC’s top score in the timeslot since last summer’s “Talent” finale roughly 9 months ago. A “Talent” repeat episode did decently at 8 o’clock for the net (1.6/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), and firstrun drama held steady at 10 p.m. with a third-place finish (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall).

ABC was represented well in the evening’s opening hour with “Wipeout” (2.8/10 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), winning its second half-hour in most key categories. The net then dropped off considerably at 9 p.m. with “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and then picked up some at 10 with “Primetime: Crime” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), which led its hour in demos and was up nicely vs. its week-earlier season premiere.

Fox, the night’s leader in 18-49, received another potent performance from a two-hour installment of “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.8/9 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), which placed first or second in key demos in every half-hour. It was down a tad week to week.

CBS suffered a rare fourth-place 18-49 finish with its all repeat lineup of comedies “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and “Gary Unmarried” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and dramas “Criminal Minds” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) and “CSI: NY” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.8/9; ABC and NBC, 2.1/7; CBS and Univision, 1.3/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.7 million; Fox, 7.5 million; CBS, 6.1 million; ABC, 6.0 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 0.9 million

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