NBC won Wednesday outright despite “Mr. Robinson” losing some premiere steam and “Last Comic Standing” suffering behind it.
It was a close one though, as CBS was a tight runner-up in both the key 18-49 demographic and in total viewers. Had “Extant” not slipped, things may have shaken out differently.
While “Mr. Robinson” was down 17 percent in the demo at 9 from its debut, a back-to-back episode matched the rating from last week’s second episode.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m. enjoyed a slight uptick, posting a 1.6/6, and was the night’s most-watched program with 8.3 million total viewers. “Mr. Robinson” at 9 scored a 1.0/4 with 4.5 million total viewers, while a second episode at 9:30 pulled even with last week for a 1.0/3 with 3.5 million total viewers. “Last Comic Standing” rounded out the night for the network at 10, falling 20 percent to a season low of 1.2/4 with 4.3 million total viewers.
CBS was second in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 5.1 million. “Big Brother” at 8 ticked down to a 2.1/9 with 6.5 million total viewers, while “Extant” the following hour dropped 13 percent to a 0.7/3 with 4.5 million total viewers. A “Criminal Minds” repeat followed.
Fox was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 3.8 million. “MasterChef” at 8 dipped in both the key demo and total viewers with a 1.4/6 and 4.6 million, respectively. “Home Free” the following hour drew even with last week for a 0.8/3 and ticked up in total viewers with 3 million.
ABC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.8/3. ABC, which aired repeats for the night, was fourth in total viewers with 3.2 million; Univision was fifth with 2.1 million.
Telemundo came in sixth in ratings and total viewers with a 0.7/3 and 1.7 million.
The CW, which averaged a 0.4/1 and 1.2 million total viewers for the night, aired “America’s Next Top Model,” which had a 0.5/2 with 1.4 million total viewers, followed by “A Wicked Offer,” which drew even with last week for a 0.3/1 and 1 million total viewers.