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Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Climbs to Record Premiere Among Total Viewers

NBC sweeps Wednesday — its second night in a row

“American Ninja Warrior” didn’t miss a beat shifting to Wednesday for its summer premiere — at least, not in total viewers, where it set a new season opener record. The series did, however, dip one-tenth of a ratings point in the key 18-49 demographic.

Still, NBC swept Wednesday, the second night in a row the broadcaster can make that claim.

Fox was runner-up in the main demo, CBS was second among total viewers, despite airing all reruns. As for ABC, well, it rose 18 percent in overall audience with the finale of “500 Questions,” though that momentum didn’t really put the Disney net on the map last night.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Ninja Warrior” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.7/7 and 6.3 million viewers. At 10 p.m., the “Night Shift” season premiere received a 1.1/4 and 4.9 million viewers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.0/4, but fourth in viewers with 3.2 million. The “MasterChef” premiere at 8 p.m. had a 1.1/5 and 3.8 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “Wayward Pines” got a 0.9/3 and 2.7 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and second in viewers with 4.4 million.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 3.9 million. At 8 p.m., “500 Questions” put up a 0.8/3 and 4.5 million viewers. Repeats followed.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. Univision edged Telemundo for fifth in total viewers, with 1.57 million versus 1.54 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 753,000. The “iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party” at 8 p.m. managed a 0.2/1 and 745,000 viewers. A rerun followed.

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