Ratings: ‘Last Comic Standing’ Strong as NBC Tops Wednesday

CBS’ “Big Brother” ruled as Wednesday’s most popular show among young adults, but NBC finished on top for the night thanks to an “America’s Got Talent” anniversary special and a good week two performance by “Last Comic Standing.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the 10th anniversary celebration of “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 1.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., placing second to “Big Brother” in demos for its first half and then surging to the lead at 9. It was followed by “Last Comic Standing” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which held nearly all of its premiere-week 18-49 rating (1.5) and dominated its hour. In total viewers, this is the second most-watched episode of the show’s four most recent seasons — behind only last week’s 6.1 million.

NBC will continue to air first-run “Talent” programming in the 8 o’clock hour, with the live results shows starting on Aug. 12. Next week, new comedy “Mr. Robinson” begins its three-week run in the 9 o’clock hour.

At CBS, “Big Brother” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) was down slightly from its Wednesday average, but was the night’s top draw in 18-49, 25-54 (2.2/8) and 18-34 (1.3/7). It was followed by “Extant” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week and remains sluggish in its new 9 o’clock timeslot. The net again fared a bit better at 10 p.m. with an encore of “Criminal Minds” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall).

Opposite tougher than usual NBC competition, Fox’s “MasterChef” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) was down a tick to match its summer low. It was followed by new alternative series “Home Free” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), which was able to retain all of its premiere-week young-adult audience.

ABC aired repeats of “The Middle” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), followed by a “Bachelor”-themed episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which matched the score of its most recent original episode.

CW went with repeats of “The Flash” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.6/6; Fox, 1.2/5; CBS, 1.1/4; ABC, 0.8/3; Univision and Telemundo, 0.7/3; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.1 million; CBS, 5.0 million; Fox, 3.8 million; ABC, 3.2 million; Univision, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million; CW, 0.7 million.

    TV Ratings Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    5.7 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    America’s Got Talent special

    (8:00 NBC)

    7.7 Million Viewers
  3. 3.


    (8:00 Fox)

    4.6 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    Last Comic Standing

    (10:00 NBC)

    5.8 Million Viewers
  5. 5.

    Modern Family-r

    (9:00 ABC)

    3.5 Million Viewers

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