TV Ratings: 'MasterChef,' 'Healing in the Heartland' lead Wednesday
'American Baking Competition,' 'Lookout' struggle
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While the series premieres of ABC's "The Lookout" and CBS' "American Baking Competition" both fizzled, The special "Healing in the Heartland" and a new episode of "MasterChef" helped NBC and FOX split primetime.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.2 rating for Wednesday night, beating NBC's 1.5 rating in the key demographic. ABC was third with a 1.1 rating, followed by CBS' 1.0 key demo rating. The CW's 0.4 key demo rating trailed.
Overall, though, NBC averaged an estimated 6.475 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/7 share for Wednesday, topping CBS' 3.9/7 and 5.73 million viewers. FOX was third for the night with a 3.3/6 and 5.43 million viewers, topping ABC's 2.8/5 and 4.12 million viewers. The CW averaged 1.29 million viewers and a 0.8/1 for the night.
8 p.m. - "Dateline" led the 8 p.m. hour overall for NBC with 7.09 million viewers and finished second with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "MasterChef" was second overall with 5.1 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.0 key demo rating. Although it was based on a smash British format, CBS' "American Baking Competition" averaged only 5.01 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating in its premiere. ABC followed with a repeat of "The Middle" (4.32 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo) and a new "Family Tools" (3.63 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating). The CW began its summer encore run of "Arrow" with 1.48 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" averaged 8.56 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour for NBC, finishing second with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. The second hour of "MasterChef" was up to 5.77 million viewers and an hour-winning 2.4 key demo rating for FOX. CBS' repeat of "Criminal Minds" was third with 5.21 million viewers and fourth with a 1.0 key demo rating. ABC followed with a "Modern Family" repeat (4.04 million and a 1.4 key demo) and a new episode of "How To Live..." (4.01 million and a 1.3 key demo). The CW's "Supernatural" repeat averaged 1.105 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - A repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" won the 10 p.m. hour with 6.97 million viewers and tied for first with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "The Lookout" premiere averaged 4.07 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating. NB trailed with 3.77 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating for a "Chicago Fire" repeat.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.