Fox Wins Night as Key NBC Series Falls to Season Low TVbytheNumbers
Fox came out on top in a hotly contested Wednesday prime-time ratings battle among the broadcast networks as franchise reality shows on three networks came within a whisker of each other's numbers in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen overnights.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that Fox's "MasterChef" came out just ahead of the others, registering a 2.2 average rating in viewers 18-49, edging NBC's "America's Got Talent" (2.1) and CBS's "Big Brother" (2.0). "MasterChef" and "America's Got Talent" went head-to-head at 9 p.m., while "Big Brother" aired at 8 p.m.
For NBC's "Talent," that 2.1 was a season low and a 16% decline from last week. Elsewhere on NBC, "Camp" equaled its series low with a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo, losing 9%.
"Big Brother," the only fresh program aired by CBS in Wednesday's prime-time block, was down 9% from a week ago.
ABC aired mostly repeats, with a fresh installment of "The Lookout" matching last week's 0.9 average in 18-49.
Prime time overall saw a close race, as Fox edged its rivals with a 1.6 average in adults 18-49, topping NBC (1.5 average), CBS (1.4), Univision (1.2) and ABC (0.9). NBC turned the tables in total viewers, winning the night with 6.3 million, ahead of CBS (5.6 million), Fox (4.1 million), ABC (3.3 million) and Univision (3.1 million).