America’s Got Talent dropped vs. last week, but was still the top rated show on the night. The timeslot premiere of CBS’ Big Brother was up 10% vs. its Wednesday premiere last summer.

CBS’ Big Brother continued its improvement over its summer timeslot premieres last season, up 10% vs. 7/14/09 to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Every other original show on Wednesday night was down vs. last week’s outings.

NBC’s Minute To Win It fell 5% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, while America’s Got Talent dropped 12% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating on the night.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance slipped a tenth of a point (4%) vs. last Wednesday to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC and Fox had the same 2.2 adults 18-49 rating average on the night to lead the broadcast nets.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2.8/7 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.5/6) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (2.8/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.4/4 with an encore) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/2; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.3 8 6.394
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.1 8 5.716
NBC Minute To Win It 1.8 7 5.939
ABC Lucy Must Be Traded Charlie (special) 0.9 3 3.928
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 2 1.204
8:30 CBS Big Brother 2.3 8 6.222
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3 8 6.133
NBC Minute To Win It 2.2 8 7.253
ABC The Middle (repeat) 0.9 3 3.390
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 2 1.089
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 2.9 9 10.682
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.2 7 5.961
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.3 4 6.006
ABC Modern Family (repeat) 1.3 4 4.025
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 0.918
9:30 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.1 10 11.665
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3 7 6.191
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 1.5 4 6.650
ABC Cougar Town (repeat) 1.0 3 2.827
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.4 1 1.096
10:00 NBC Law & Order SVU (repeat) 1.6 5 6.068
CBS CSI:NY (repeat) 1.2 4 5.718
ABC Castle (repeat) 0.9 3 3.854
10:30 NBC Law & Order SVU (repeat) 1.5 5 5.903
CBS CSI:NY (repeat) 1.2 4 5.514
ABC Castle (repeat) 0.9 3 4.122

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