NBC got good enough numbers from its "America's Got Talent" Wednesday results show to hold off CBS and FOX, winning both overall and in the all-important age range.
Among adults 18-49, it was a narrow win for NBC, delivering a 2.2 rating to beat the 2.1 rating for FOX. CBS was a close third with a 1.7 rating, head of the 1.1 rating for ABC in the key demo. The CW's 0.4 rating was fifth.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 7.508 million viewers to go with a 4.6 rating/8 share. CBS was second with a 4.1/7, with FOX's 3.6/6 good for a respectable third. ABC was fourth with a 2.6/5, leaving The CW's 0.8/1 in fifth.
CBS started the night in first with a 4.1/7 for "Big Brother
," which also won the demo with a 2.3 rating. NBC's "Minute to Win It" was a solid second overall with a 3.8/7, nipping the 3.6/7 for FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance
," though FOX was second in the demo. ABC's repeats of "The Middle" were fourth with a 2.7/5, beating The CW's repeat of "America's Next Top Model."
NBC took over first in the 9 p.m. hour with a 5.9/10 and a 2.7 demo rating for "America's Got Talent." CBS' repeat of "Criminal Minds" was second overall with a 4.6/8. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" stayed steady with a 3.6/6 and finished second in the demo. On ABC, repeats of "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" were fourth. The CW's "Plain Jane
" had a 0.7/1 and a 0.84 demo rating, both identical to the show's premiere, though viewership was up very slightly.
A repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" narrowly won the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.8/7 and a 1.8 demo rating. CBS' "CSI: NY" was second. ABC's repeat of "Castle" had a 2.5/5 for 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.