‘Talent’ Tops, ‘Camp’ OK, ‘Big Brother’ Up on Wednesday

'MasterChef' dips but wins the night for Fox in demos; CBS' 'Baking Competition' flat in finale

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the top ratings draw on Wednesday, delivering the best series scores for any telecast on the night this summer and providing solid sampling for new drama “Camp.” Elsewhere, CBS’ “Big Brother” was on the rise, perhaps boosted by controversial statements made by some of the players.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 2.7 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, following a repeat of the show at 8 (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall). The original “Talent” at 9 p.m. produced NBC’s highest 18-49 score in the time period since an “SNL” special in November.

Closing the night for NBC was the premiere of scripted drama “Camp” starring Rachel Griffiths. It averaged a timeslot-winning 1.5 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall, though it dipped to a 1.3 in the demo in its second half-hour. Of the scripted series to premiere on the Big Four this summer, only CBS’ “Under the Dome” opened higher in 18-49.

Fox won the night in 18-49 with its two hours of “MasterChef,” which averaged a 2.1/7 in 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall, peaking with a 2.3 in the demo at 9:30. Opposite more reality competition this week, the cooking series was off 13% from its most recent originals of two weeks ago.

At CBS, “Big Brother” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) rose 18% (0.3) week to week to finish a close second for its hour in demos and first in total viewers. The show made headlines over the past week for the racist and bigoted comments made by some of the game’s players, and viewers may have been interested to see how it played out on CBS.

Despite the gains at 8 p.m. for the net, CBS’ new reality competition series “The American Baking Competition” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) couldn’t rise to the occasion for its finale, matching last week’s demo score and placing third among the Big Four. Closing out the night was a repeat of “Criminal Minds” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall).

ABC remains a laggard on Wednesday this summer, last night the finale of first-year half-hour “Family Tools” at 8:30 p.m. (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) between higher-rated repeats of vets “The Middle” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) and “Modern Family” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall). And following a repeat of “The Neighbors” at 9:30 (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall), new series “The Lookout” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) hit a low.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.1/7; NBC, 1.8/6; Univision, 1.6/5; CBS, 1.4/4; ABC, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.3 million; Fox, 5.3 million; CBS, 4.9 million; Univision, 3.8 million; ABC, 2.8 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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