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.