NBC tops night with ‘Talent’

'Minute,' 'SVU' help lift net thanks to solid perfs

Top show “America’s Got Talent” and solid performances by “Minute to Win It” and “Law & Order: SVU” lifted NBC to victory in key demos on Wednesday. Fox was a close second with its two-hour “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Preliminary national estimates from Nielsen revealed that the “America’s Got Talent” results show stood as the night’s top program in both adults 18-49 (2.7 rating/8 share) and total viewers (10 million), rising slightly from the previous week’s season-low delivery. NBC was also competitive in the opening hour with gameshow “Minute to Win It” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), which surged at 8:30 p.m. to move ahead of the competition. And closing out the night, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” easily led the broadcasters in demos (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall).

In addition to winning the night by 2 shares in both adults 18-49 and 25-54, NBC also prevailed in total viewers.

At Fox, “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) edged up from its low of the previous week, placing second from 8 to 10 p.m. in 18-49 and first in adults 18-34 (2.0/7). The show is tracking below its most recent summer edition, but slightly ahead of its first fall season last year.

CBS won Wednesday’s opening hour with “Big Brother” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which matched its score of last week and continues to outperform its averages of last summer. The net dropped off from there with encores of “Criminal Minds” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “CSI: NY” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

ABC ran a distant fourth among the English-language broadcasters with its repeat lineup of “The Middle” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall for its two-episode average), “Modern Family” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), “Cougar Town” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

At CW, “Plain Jane” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) was on par with its weak premiere score of last week, dropping slightly from its lead-in from a repeat “America’s Next Top Model” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall). Original episodes of “Top Model” and new drama “Hellcats” bow on the net in five weeks.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.2/7; Fox, 2.1/7; CBS, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.5 million; CBS, 6.4 million; Fox, 6.1 million; Univision, 3.9 million; ABC, 3.8 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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