Credit: The CW
On a slow Wednesday evening, three different networks were able to claim small shares of the nightly ratings crown.
Meanwhile, the premiere of The CW's "Plain Jane
" failed to hold onto the lead-in provided by an "America's Next Top Model."
Among adults 18-49, NBC and FOX split the night with a 2.0 rating. CBS was a close third in the key demographic with a 1.7 rating, beating the 1.0 rating for ABC and The CW's 0.4 rating.
Overall, though, CBS and NBC both averaged a 4.1 rating/7 share, with NBC holding the advantage in total viewers. FOX was alone in third with a 3.3/6, beating the 2.6/5 for ABC. The CW's 0.7/1 was fifth.
CBS started the night in first with a 4.1/8 for "Big Brother
," which also did a 2.2 demo rating to win the hour. NBC's "Minute to Win It" finished second overall with a 3.5. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance
" had a 3.3/6 for third and finished second in the key demo. ABC's repeats of "The Middle" had a 2.8/5, leaving The CW's "America's Next Top Model" in fifth.
NBC moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 5.6/10 for "America's Got Talent," which also had a 2.5 demo rating to win the hour. CBS' repeat of "Criminal Minds" was second with a 4.0/7. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was third with a 3.3/6 and stayed second in the demo. ABC's repeats of "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" were fourth. On The CW, the premiere of "Plain Jane" did a 0.7/1, averaging under 980,000 viewers and a 0.4 demo rating.
CBS closed the evening on top overall with a 4.1/7. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second overall with a 3.1/6 and won the hour 1.5 demo rating. ABC's "Castle" repeat trailed.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.