Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.

Performances by The Hoff and The Muppets led "America's Got Talent" to a solid overall showing for NBC, but "Wipeout" helped give ABC the Wednesday night demo win.

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.1 rating, nipping NBC's 1.9 rating and the 1.8 rating for FOX. CBS was fourth in the key demographic with a 1.4 rating, still well ahead of the 0.5 rating for The CW.

Overall, though, NBC averaged an estimated 8.46 million viewers to go with a 5.4 rating/9 share, comfortably beating the 4.1/7 for CBS. ABC was third overall with a 3.7/6, followed by FOX's 2.9/5 and the 0.9/2 for The CW.

NBC's "America's Got Talent" recap episode won the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.6/8, at least overall. ABC's "Wipeout" was second with a 4.2/8, but delivered a 2.6 rating to win the 18-49 demo. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" special, showcasing the show's best performances, had a 3.0/5 for third overall and finished second in the demo. CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and a preview of the fall were fourth, far in front of the 0.9/2 for The CW's "America's Next Top Model."

"America's Got Talent" won the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.4/12 overall and also in the 18-49 demo with a 2.6 rating. CBS' "Criminal Minds" had a 4.9/8 for second. Both ABC's new "Crash Course" and FOX's director's cut of the "Glee" pilot had a 2.6/4, though ABC's reality show had the advantage in total viewers and FOX's musical had the lead in the key demo. The CW's "ANTM" trailed.

CBS' "CSI: NY" had a 4.5/8, which would have won the 10 p.m. hour except that ABC's "Primetime: Crime" special had more viewers and a higher 18-49 demo to go with its 4.4/8. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was a close 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.