A rising "America's Got Talent" and falling "Big Brother" tied for first in the ratings on Wednesday, leading CBS to tie NBC for the night, while Fox's antiques show "Buried Treasure" jumped dramatically, according to preliminary numbers.
The "Talent" results show on NBC at 9 p.m. grew 8 percent over last Wednesday, receiving a 2.8 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, with 11.8 million total viewers. The network began the evening with the season finale of "Minute to Win It" at 8, which drew a 1.3/4 in the demo and 5.8 million total viewers. A "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat closed the night at 10.
At CBS, meanwhile, "Big Brother" began the night at 8, declining 15 percent versus last Wednesday with a 2.8/9 in the demo and 7.7 million total viewers. The network finished off the night with repeats.
Overall, NBC and CBS closed out even for the night in the demo, with an average of 1.9/5 each. The good news for NBC? Thanks to "Talent"'s much higher total viewership, the network was the most-watched for the night, with an average 7.9 million total viewers, versus 6.4 million.
Fox's "Buried Treasure," which has been struggling in the ratings since its Aug. 24 premiere, enjoyed a big boost Wednesday night, surging 30 percent at 8 p.m. with a 1.3/4 in the demo and 4.1 million total viewers. (The show still finished in the bottom half of the night, tying for 9th with "Minute to Win It.") A "Treasure" repeat closed the night.
ABC ran repeats, with the exception of "Primetime Nightline" at 10, which took a 1.4/4 in the demo and 4.2 million total viewers.