TV ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'AGT' score Wednesday

brendon-bb-12-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Both "Big Brother 12" and "America's Got Talent" saw their ratings rise some compared to last Wednesday, with the former scoring the night's best demographic numbers and the latter gathering the biggest overall audience.

Thanks to "AGT," NBC led the night overall with 7.4 million viewers and a 4.6 rating/8 share in households. CBS drew 6.9 million people and a 4.4/8 for second, while FOX (5.1 million, 3.0/5) came in third. ABC's 3.8 million viewers and 2.5/4 were good enough for fourth place. The CW (1.25 million, 0.8/1) trailed.

FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating (even though, like last week, it didn't win either hour in which it broadcast. Hooray consistency). NBC finished second at 2.0, a tenth of a point ahead of CBS, 1.9. ABC averaged 1.1 and The CW 0.4.

Wednesday's hour-by-hour results:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Big Brother 12" (7.9 million viewers, 4.7/8 households)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (6.3 million, 4.7/8)
FOX: "MasterChef" (4.9 million, 2.9/5)
ABC: "The Middle" reruns - two episodes (4.4 million, 2.8/5)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "Big Brother 12" (2.8)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" (10.3 million viewers, 6.0/10)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (6.6 million, 4.4/7)
FOX: "MasterChef" (5.25 million, 3.1/5)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (4.1 million, 2.7/5)/"Cougar Town" rerun (3.2 million, 2.1/4)
The CW: "Plain Jane" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "America's Got Talent" (2.6)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" rerun (6.2 million, 4.1/7)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (5.6 million, 3.8/7)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (3.3 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: SVU" (1.7)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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