‘Talent’ carries NBC to victory

Fox leads among young adults with 'Dance'

Summer’s top-rated program, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” dominated its hour on Wednesday, teaming with gameshow “Minute to Win It” to lift the net to victory in key demos. Fox led among the youngest of adults with “So You Think You Can Dance.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the “America’s Got Talent” results show averaged a potent 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall during the 9 o’clock hour, off slightly vs. last week’s especially strong result but still 3 demo shares of Fox’s concluding hour of “Dance.” It especially dominated in total viewers, as no other program hit 7 million viewers on the night.

NBC also was a competitive second in demos and first in total audience at 8 p.m. with “Minute to Win It” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) and then beat out its broadcast rivals in demos at 10 with a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall).

Fox again turned its night over to “So You Think You Can Dance,” whose two-hour performance edition grew a tick week to week (2.3/8 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall). The net’s 2.4 rating/9 share in adults 18-34 topped the other networks both for the night and head to head from 8 to 10. CBS didn’t do a whole lot on the night with its all-repeat lineup, starting with special episodes of Monday comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall). Things picked up a bit the rest of the way with procedural crime dramas “Criminal Minds” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) and “CSI: NY” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall).

ABC fared even worse with its repeats, as “The Middle” settled for a 1.1/4 in 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall for its pair of episodes from 8 to 9, and “Modern Family” — nominated for best comedy at the Emmys on Wednesday — fared similarly at 9 (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall). It was followed by “Cougar Town” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall).

CW aired a pair of “America’s Next Top Model” repeats, earning a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers overall at 8 o’clock and a 0.5/1 in the demo and 1.1 million total viewers at 9.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.4/8; Fox, 2.3/8; Univision, 1.6/5; CBS, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.2 million; Fox, 6.3 million; CBS, 5.7 million; ABC, 4.2 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 1.3 million.

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