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Wednesday Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Strong; ‘Mr. Robinson’ Down Slightly in Finale

There was little Wednesday-night ratings movement this week, with CBS’ “Big Brother” again ruling as the top show in demos despite facing tough reality competition, and newcomer NBC comedy “Mr. Robinson” holding up pretty well in its final week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was just a bit below its season high of last week (and may get there in the finals due to its propensity to rise in the afternoon adjustments). It was the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49 as well as 25-54 (2.5/8) and 18-34 (1.5/7). “Extant” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) held steady at 9, again ranking fourth among the Big Four in 18-49, and a repeat “Criminal Minds” closed things out (0.6/2 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

Over at NBC, which tied with CBS for the night’s lead in adults 18-49 while winning outright in total viewers, the results show of “America’s Got Talent” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) was steady with last week; while the Tuesday performance show remains strong, Wednesday’s results show is down from last year when it had lesser competition airing in the 9 o’clock hour.

Mr. Robinson” followed at 9 p.m. (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and 9:30 p.m. (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), with the former on par with last week and the latter down a tick. The Craig Robinson comedy has done OK in the ratings, especially given the network’s low-bar comedy standards of late, and NBC will get a chance to measure its performance against another new half-hour, “The Carmichael Show,” which bows next Wednesday. Capping last night for the Peacock, “Last Comic Standing” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) was down a tenth as it has softened since its strong opening weeks.

At Fox, “MasterChef” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week while “Home Free” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) held steady in the demo and was up about 10% in total viewers.

ABC had its strongest Wednesday in a while with repeats of “The Middle” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall). “Middle,” “Goldbergs” and “Wife Swap” were all at their highest levels in a couple of months.

CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) matched last week’s score, and “A Wicked Offer” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall) was down a tick.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and NBC, 1.2/4; Fox, 1.1/4; ABC, 0.9/3; Telemundo and Univision, 0.7/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 5.6 million; CBS, 5.2 million; Fox, 3.9 million; ABC, 3.3 million; Univision, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million.

    TV Ratings Wednesday, August 19 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    6.5 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    America’s Got Talent results

    (8:00 NBC)

    9.0 Million Viewers
  3. 3.


    (8:00 Fox)

    4.5 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    Last Comic Standing

    (10:00 NBC)

    4.2 Million Viewers
  5. 5.

    Modern Family-r

    (9:00 ABC)

    3.8 Million Viewers

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