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Reality Finales, ‘Survivor’ Premiere Score Big in Wednesday Ratings

Sep 16, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Reality was the focus on the broadcast networks Wednesday night, with CBS premiering “Survivor: Nicaragua” while three major reality series–CBS’s “Big Brother,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and Fox’s “MasterChef”–aired their two-hour season finales.

“Survivor” and “America’s Got Talent” finished the night as the big winners, according to TVbytheNumbers.com.

In the 8 p.m. hour "Survivor" collected a 3.8 rating and a 4.0 in the 18-49 demographic for the top and bottom halves of the hour, while the first hour of "America’s Got Talent" had a 2.8 rating and a 3.4. The first hour of the Fox finale of "MasterChef" averaged a 1.8 rating in the demo, and CW’s "America’s Next Top Model" averaged a 1.3.

At 9 p.m. "America’s Got Talent" took off, logging a 4.2 rating and a 4.6 for the two half-hours in the 18-49 demo. The first hour of the "Big Brother" finale on CBS registered a 2.9 in the demo, and the second hour of "MasterChef" netted a 2.0 rating and a 2.4 for the two half-hours. CW’s "Hellcats" managed a 1.1 for the hour in the demo.

At 10 p.m. the second hour of "Big Brother" averaged a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, besting NBC’s premiere of Jimmy Smits’ new show, "Outlaw," which had a 2.5 and a 2.2 for the top and bottom halves of the hour.

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