‘Talent’ finale leads NBC to victory

'Outlaw' loses chunk of lead-in, 'Survivor' scores high

With the benefit of the most-watched ever “America’s Got Talent” finale, NBC won the Wednesday ratings race. CBS’ “Survivor: Nicaragua” settled in nicely to its new time and night while freshman Peacock legal drama “Outlaw” debuted OK, but lost a chunk of its “Talent” lead-in aud.

It was a night of three high-powered reality finales, with “America’s Got Talent” (3.7/11, 16m) faring best among “Big Brother” (2.9/8, 7.8m) and “Masterchef” (2.0/6, 4.7m). With 16 million tuning in, “Talent” was also the evening’s most-watched show (and the most watched episode of “Talent” of all time). It was also the show’s best rating since 2007 in the demo.

Following “Talent,” NBC premiered “Outlaw,” which drew a 2.4/7 and 10.8 million viewers. The rating may be all right, but it’s nothing Peacock execs will likely get excited about. The Jimmy Smits starrer lost 32% of those who were tuned in to “Talent.” Considering that ABC was offering a repeat of “Castle” (1.0/3, 3.9m) and competition is sure to increase in the following weeks, “Outlaw” may have its work cut out for it. The “Outlaw” pilot will repeat tomorrow in its usual 10 p.m. Friday timeslot and will normally go up against CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” which stars Tom Selleck.

Moving over from Thursday, “Survivor: Nicaragua” found a comfy fit in its new 8 p.m. Wednesday timeslot. “Survivor: Nicaragua” drew a 3.9 rating/12 share, with 12 million tuning in, making it the top-rated show of the evening. The “Survivor: Nicaragua” preem topped last fall’s “Survivor: Samoa” debut by 8% but was down 13% to spring’s “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians.” The “Big Brother” finale was up 4% from last season’s finale.

At Fox, “Masterchef” closed its season down 20% from a week ago, but was up against more-veteran reality competition than it had ever faced in the past.

CW offered the second week of the new season of “America’s Next Top Model” (1.3/4, 2.9m). Skein held up well, improving 7% from the premiere in women 18-34 and 4% in total viewers.

ABC put out a night of reruns as it’s readying to launch its new slate of shows beginning next week when the broadcasters will face intense competition against one another.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.3/10; CBS, 3.2/9, Fox, 2.0/6; Univision, 1.9/6; CW, 1.2/4, ABC, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 14.3 million; CBS, 9.2 million; Fox, 4.7 million; Univision, 4.4 million; ABC, 3.9 million; CW, 2.7 million.