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Ratings: CBS Puts Up Valiant Effort With ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Amazing Race’ Finale vs Dem Debate

But, you know, lost

NBC won Wednesday with the first Democratic primary debate for the 2020 presidential election, we just don’t yet know but how much. We do know that CBS came in second place with “Big Brother” and its “Amazing Race” season finale.

Due to the nature of live television, the below fast-national Nielsen numbers for NBC and Telemundo should be considered subject to significant adjustment. We’ll get you those final numbers around 2 p.m. ET.

For now, NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. A rerun lead into the debate at 9 p.m. ET. The two-hour debate averaged a 1.6/8 and 7.4 million viewers, per the initial data stream.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 4.1 million. “Big Brother” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.1/6 and 4.5 million viewers. From 9 to 11, the “Amazing Race” season finale averaged a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 3.5 million. “Press Your Luck” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 4.2 million viewers. At 9, “Card Sharks” got a 0.6/3 and 3.3 million viewers. “Match Game” at 10 received a 0.6/3 and 3.1 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/3 and in viewers with 2.3 million. “MasterChef” at 8 had a 0.7/4 and 2.6 million viewers. At 9, “First Responders Live” managed a 0.4/2 and 1.9 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 772,000

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 764,000. Following a rerun, “Jane the Virgin” at 9 got a 0.2/1 and 672,000 viewers.