With "Masterchef's" move to Wednesdays, three of the "Big Four" broadcast networks have their biggest reality shows running against each other on the same night. Wednesday is home to NBC's "America's Got Talent," CBS' "Big Brother" and "Masterchef" on Fox.
This hyper-competitive primetime lineup aired for the first time this week and the results were– inconclusive.
THREE'S A CROWD "Masterchef" technically won Wednesday night with a 2.1 rating/6 share from 8-10 p.m. in the key adults 18-49 demographic, but Fox runs a two-hour primetime schedule while the other networks go with three-hours and the margins were very close. NBC posted a 1.8/6 and CBS averaged 1.8/5. It was too close to call a decisive overall winner.
OH 'BROTHER' "Big Brother" was Wednesday's top show with a 2.6/9 from 8-9 p.m. CBS also aired repeats of "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY" that combined for a 1.4/4 average from 9-11 p.m. "America's Got Talent" was a close second, posting a 2.5/7 from 9-10 p.m. NBC rounded out its lineup with a re-run of "Law & Order: SVU" and a new episode of the game show "Minute To Win It." "Masterchef" scored the lowest numbers of the trio with its 2.1/6 average for a two-hour episode. "Masterchef" was down 19 percent from its last broadcast on Tuesday where it was paired with "Hell's Kitchen," another kitchen competition featuring British chef Gordon Ramsay. Season seven of "Hell's Kitchen" ended Aug. 10.
REMAINDERS Spanish-language broadcaster Univision finished in fourth place for the night with a 1.6/5 average from 8-11 p.m. ABC was dead last with sitcom reruns and a 1.1/3 primetime average.