Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
NBC got a strong enough performance from "America's Got Talent" in the 9 p.m. hour to dominate Wednesday night overall and barely hold off FOX in the key demographic.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.3 rating, nipping the 2.2 rating for FOX. CBS was third in the all-important age range with a 1.2 rating, with the 0.9 rating for ABC and The CW's 0.4 rating following.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 8.68 million viewers to go with a 5.3 rating/10 share. FOX and CBS tied for second with a 3.6/7, though FOX had the advantage in viewers. ABC's 2.4/4 was fourth, while the 0.7/1 for The CW trailed.
NBC started the night in first overall with a 4.4/8 for an "America's Got Talent" repeat. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" had a 3.7/7 for second, but won the hour in the key demo with a 2.1 rating. ABC's two repeats of "The Middle" had a 2.6/5, just ahead of CBS' repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement." The CW's "America's Next Top Model" repeat was fifth with a 0.7/1.
The new "America's Got Talent" gave NBC a 7.4/13 and a 3.4 demo rating, both dominating the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' "Criminal Minds" repeat was second overall with a 4.2/7. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was third for the hour with a 3.6/6, but second in the key demo. ABC's "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" repeats had a 2.3/4 for fourth, leaving The CW's "America's Next Top Model" in fifth.
In the 10 p.m. hour, CBS' repeat of "CSI: NY" had a 4.1/7 to edge out the 4.0/7 for NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," but the NBC procedural repeat averaged more viewers and won the hour in the key demo with a 1.8 rating. A "Castle" repeat on ABC finished third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.