Reality Wednesday: NBC’s ‘Talent,’ CBS’s ‘Big Brother’ and Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ in Tight Battle

Sep 5, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A batch of major broadcast reality shows waged a close battle for ratings supremacy Wednesday night, with "America’s Got Talent," "Big Brother" and "MasterChef" all finishing within a few tenths of a point of each other, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC’s "Talent" squeezed ahead by a narrow margin, coming in as the top show of the night with a 2.3 average in viewers 18-49. CBS’s "Big Brother" was close behind with a 2.2, while Fox’s "MasterChef" delivered a 2.1 for the 9 p.m. installment along with a 1.9 for another episode at 8 p.m.

The numbers for "MasterChef" were sufficient to give Fox the win for the night, with Fox’s 2.0 average in the 18-49 demo leading the way, followed by NBC (1.6 average), Univision (1.4), CBS (1.4) and ABC (1.0). But Fox had to settle for third in total viewers, where NBC came out on top with 6.5 million, ahead of CBS (5.7 million), Fox (5.2 million), ABC (3.8 million) and Univision (3.5 million).

The bulk of the other programming on the broadcast nets consisted of repeats, with two exceptions: ABC’s season finale of "The Lookout" aired at 10 p.m., rising 43% from last week’s episode to a still not great 1.0 average in 18-49. In the same time slot, a fresh episode of NBC’s "Camp" also had a 1.0, climbing 11% from last week’s series low. Both shows finished behind a repeat of CBS’s "CSI," which won the hour with a 1.1.

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