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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
    1.8/7
  2. 2.

    America’s Got Talent special

    (8:00 NBC)

    7.7 Million Viewers
    1.6/6
  3. 3.

    MasterChef

    (8:00 Fox)

    4.6 Million Viewers
    1.4/6
  4. 4.

    Last Comic Standing

    (10:00 NBC)

    5.8 Million Viewers
    1.4/5
  5. 5.

    Modern Family-r

    (9:00 ABC)

    3.5 Million Viewers
    0.9/4