'America's Got Talent ' takes honors Wednesday; NBC ties Fox


At 8 p.m. ET, “Minute to Win It” generated a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers overall.  In the time period, “Minute to Win It” is #2 among the major networks in total viewers and men 18-34 (tie), 18-49 and 25-54. 

From its first half-hour to its second, “Minute to Win It” increased by 31 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.1 from a 1.6) and 23 percent or 1.3 million persons in total viewers (to 7.1 million from 5.8 million), the biggest increases among the major networks in the hour.  For its second half-hour from 8:30-9 p.m., “Minute to Win It” was #1 among the major networks in total viewers, men 18-34 and men 18-49 in a time period that includes competition from CBS’s “Big Brother” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

At 9 p.m. ET, “America’s Got Talent” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) scored the #1 results of the night in 18-49 and total viewers.  “America’s Got Talent” delivered its biggest overall Wednesday audience in four weeks (since July 14).  “Talent” took the hour by a margin of 29 percent in 18-49 (2.7 vs. 2.1 for Fox’s second-place “So You Think You Can Dance”) and 59 percent or more than 3.9 million persons in total viewers (10.5 million vs. 6.6 million for CBS’s second-place “Criminal Minds” encore).

At 10 p.m. ET, an encore telecast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.8/6 in adults 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) ranked #1 among the major networks in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics.  “Law & Order: SVU” led the hour by a margin of 50 percent over CBS’s second-place “CSI: NY” rebroadcast (1.8 vs. 1.2).  In adults 18-49, “SVU” has now ranked #1 or tied for #1 in the time period with its last 10 consecutive telecasts.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” apprehended its highest 18-49 rating in five weeks (since July 7).

NBC is tied #1 for the night in adults 18-49 and ranked #1 outright in total viewers.

 NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. 

(source: NBC)