Fast National ratings for Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

With "America's Got Talent" holding down its position as Wednesday night's top-rated show both overall and among young adults, NBC held down its position as the night's ratings champ.

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.2 rating, just ahead of the 1.8 rating for ABC. CBS and FOX both posted a 1.3 rating in the key demographic for third. The CW's 0.5 rating was fifth.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 7.95 million viewers to go with a 5.1 rating/9 share. CBS was second with a 3.8/7, with ABC's 3.3/6 taking third. FOX had a 2.9/5 for fourth, leaving The CW in fifth again with a 0.8/1.

NBC began the night in first with a 4.4/8 for an "America's Got Talent" repeat. ABC's "Wipeout" was a close second with a 4.3/8, while also winning the hour comfortably in the 18-49 demo. CBS' special dedicated to Ted Kennedy was third, nipping the 2.9/5 for FOX's "Bones." The CW was fifth with a 0.9/2 for "America's Next Top Model."

"America's Got Talent," the new version, did a 6.7/11 (and a 2.9 demo rating) for NBC in the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' "Criminal Minds" was a distant second with a 3.8/6. While ABC's premiere of "Crash Course" and FOX's "Bones" both did a 2.9/5, ABC's new show had a substantial advantage in both total viewers and in the 18-49 demo, where it was second for the hour. The CW trailed with "America's Next Top Model."

CBS' "CSI: NY" won the 10 p.m. hour with a 4.3/8, barely topping NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (which won the hour in the 18-49 demo). ABC's "Primetime" special was third with a 2.8/5.


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.