Reality Rules, ‘Camp’ Cools in Wednesday’s Ratings Derby

Fox's 'MasterChef,' NBC's 'America's Got Talent' results show, CBS' 'Big Brother' lead the night


NBC’s “Camp” dropped off some Wednesday in its third outing, in part due to a lower lead-in from “America’s Got Talent” as the reality show began the results-show portion of its season. Fox’s “MasterChef” and “Talent” edged out CBS’ “Big Brother” as the night’s top show in young adults.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC opened with an “America’s Got Talent” repeat (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), followed by the show’s first results edition of the season (2.3/7 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall) — on par with last year in 18-49 and up 11% in total viewers, but off about 20% from what. “Talent” was Wednesday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 (tied), 25-54 (3.1/8) and total viewers.

Closing out the night for NBC was drama “Camp” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), which was down 15% (0.2) from last week.

Elsewhere, Fox’s “MasterChef” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) edged up from last week to catch “America’s Got Talent” in 18-49 for the 9 o’clock hour while easily beating the NBC show in adults 18-34 (1.9/7 to 1.4/5). A repeat of the cooking contest aired at 8 for Fox (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall).

CBS’ “Big Brother” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) won the 8 o’clock hour in all key demos, on par with last week. It was followed by repeats of “Criminal Minds” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), which tied with NBC’s original “Camp” in 18-49.

At ABC, repeats of “The Middle” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), “Suburgatory” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and “The Neighbors” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) were followed by “The Lookout” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week and again built a bit on its lead-in.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.7/6; NBC, 1.6/5; CBS, 1.4/4; UNI, 1.3/4; ABC, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.1 million; CBS, 5.6 million; Fox, 4.3 million; Univision, 3.3 million; ABC, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 1.1 million.