Julie Chen of 'Big Brother'
Following recent Wednesday night patterns, NBC's "America's Got Talent" drew the biggest audience, CBS' burgeoning "Big Brother
" drew the biggest demo audience and, despite not winning either of its hours, FOX's "Masterchef" boosted its network among young adults.
For the night, FOX and CBS both averaged a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, nipping the 1.9 rating for NBC in the key demographic. ABC was a close fourth with a 1.7 rating, while The CW's 0.4 rating trailed.
Overall, though, NBC averaged an estimated 7.524 million viewers to go with a 4.7 rating/8 share. CBS' 4.3/7 was a solid second with ABC's 3.7/6 a close third. FOX slipped to fourth with a 2.9/5. That left The CW in fifth with a 0.8/1 for the night.
CBS kicked things off in first with a 4.7/8 for "Big Brother," which also did a 2.8 rating to top the key demo. ABC's "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" was second with a 3.9/7, just ahead of the 3.7/7 for NBC's "Minute to Win It." FOX's "Masterchef" was fourth overall with a 2.8/5 and second in the demo. The CW was fifth with a repeat of "America's Next Top Model."
NBC grabbed first in the 9 p.m. hour with a 6.1/10 for "America's Got Talent," which also did a 2.5 demo rating. CBS' repeat of "Criminal Minds" edged out the 3.7/6 for ABC's "CMA Music Festival." FOX's "Masterchef" was up to a 3.0/5 and stayed second in the demo. The CW's "Plain Jane
" finale was fifth with a 0.7/1.
A "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat won the 10 p.m. hour for NBC with a 4.2/7, barely topping CBS' "CSI: NY" repeat overall. ABC's "CMA Music Festival" had a 3.5/6, but won the hour with a 1.6 demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.