Ratings: Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ Steady, Tops Wednesday

In its last week without competition from CBS’ “Big Brother,” Fox veteran “MasterChef” ruled as easily Wednesday’s top program in young adults last night.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “MasterChef” (1.5 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) held at its same rating of the previous two weeks. Rookie lead-out “Bullseye” also held steady (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall).

NBC finished a close second on the night with repeats of reality shows “I Can Do That” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) and “American Ninja Warrior” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall). “Ninja” was the Big Four leader in 18-49 from 9 to 11.

ABC saw low repeat scores for comedies “The Middle” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall). They were followed by the lowest scores of the summer for “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), one week after it posted a season-high 1.2 demo score.

At CBS,  “The Briefcase” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 in 18-49 while rising some in total viewers to win the 8 o’clock hour by that measure and stand as the night’s most-watched original. It was followed by repeats of “Criminal Minds” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and “CSI: Cyber” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

CW aired repeats of “Arrow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.2/5; NBC, 1.1/4; ABC, 0.9/3; CBS and Univision, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.5 million; Fox, 3.8 million; ABC, 3.7 million; NBC, 3.6 million; Univision, 2.1 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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