TV Ratings: NBC wins Wednesday with 'America's Got Talent'
FOX takes second overall and in the demo with 'So You Think You Can Dance'
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"America's Got Talent" finished Wednesday night as TV's most watched program and as the top rated show in the key demo. Thanks to a little boost from "Minute to Win It," NBC was able to win the whole night in both measures as well.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.4 rating, nipping the 2.3 rating for FOX in the all-important age range. CBS was third with a 1.4 rating, beating the 1.1 rating for ABC and The CW's 0.5 rating.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 8.15 million viewers to go with a 4.8 rating/9 share. FOX stayed second with a 4.0/8. CBS' 3.7/7 was a close third, topping the 2.8/5 for ABC. The CW's 0.9/2 was fifth.
In the 8 p.m. hour, NBC's "Minute to Win It" and FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" both posted a 4.0/7, though NBC averaged more viewers and FOX averaged a higher 18-49 rating. ABC's repeats of "The Middle" were third with a 2.9/5, beating CBS' repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement." The CW's "America's Next Top Model" was fifth with a 0.9/2.
NBC's "America's Got Talent" dominated the 9 p.m. hour with a 6.7/11, averaging 11.78 million viewers and a 3.3 demo rating. CBS was second overall with a 4.2/7 for "Criminal Minds." FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was third overall with a 3.9/7 and second in the key demo. ABC's "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" repeats had a 2.5/4 for fourth. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" repeat was fifth.
CBS moved into first overall in the 10 p.m. hour with a 4.4/8 for a "CSI: NY" repeat. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat was second with a 3.8/7 and won the hour in the demo with a 1.9 rating. ABC's "Castle" repeat was 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.