With two hours of steady MasterChef ratings (up 0.1 with adults 18-49 from last week), FOX won the night with adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.  NBC was tops for the night in total viewers.

Big Brother increased again with adults 18-49 to a season high 2.8 rating and 7.88 million viewers.  It was again the night’s top program with adults 18-49, topping even America’s Got Talent.  “Talent” easily had the most viewers, but with adults 18-49 tied last week’s season-low.

It was Big Brother’s best performance with adults 18-34 since September 18, 2007, the highest-rated in adults 18-49 since September 15, 2009, and most-watched telecast since September 8, 2009.

Minute To Win It grew week-to-week by 13% with adults 18-49 to a 1.8 rating and 6.3 million viewers.

Late-night numbers are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 25, 2010:

Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
CBS Big Brother 12 2.8/9 7.88
FOX MasterChef 2.1/7 4.92
NBC Minute to Win It 1.8/6 6.29
ABC The Middle (R) 1.1/4 4.29
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.5/2 1.36
ABC The Middle (R) 1.3/4 4.49
NBC America’s Got Talent 2.6/8 10.32
FOX MasterChef 2.2/7 5.25
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.7/5 6.62
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.4/4 4.09
CW Plain Jane 0.4/1 1.13
ABC Cougar Town (R) 1.1/3 3.17
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 1.7/5 5.63
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.2/4 6.19
ABC Castle (R) 0.8/3 3.33

In Late-Night Metered Markets:

• “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2.5/6 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) out-delivered CBS’s first-run “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.4/6) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (2.7/6) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.2/4 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 with an encore,” 0.9/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3 with an encore).

• 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.

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