TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' leads a soft Wednesday

antonio-restivo-agt-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"America's Got Talent" grabbed Wednesday's biggest audience and led NBC to the overall ratings lead for the night, but it was a pretty soft one overall for the networks.

NBC averaged 7.2 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/8 share in households for the night, down about 700,000 viewers from last week. CBS (6.4 million, 4.1/7) finished second, followed by FOX at 5.7 million and 3.5/6. ABC (3.8 million, 2.6/5) came in fourth, and The CW trailed with 1.1 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

FOX managed to squeeze out a win in the adults 18-49 demographic, albeit with only a 2.1 rating. That was just ahead of NBC's 2.0. CBS scored a 1.7 to finish third and was followed by ABC, 1.1, and The CW, 0.4.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Big Brother 12" (6.5 million viewers, 3.9/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (6.1 million, 3.7/7)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.6 million, 3.5/7)
ABC: "The Middle" reruns - two episodes (4.1 million, 2.7/5)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Big Brother 12" (2.2)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" results (9.9 million, 5.8/10)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (6.6 million, 4.3/7)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.8 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (4.5 million, 3.0/5)/"Cougar Town" rerun (2.9 million, 2.1/4)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" rerun (1.05 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "America's Got Talent" (2.6)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" rerun (6.1 million, 4.1/7)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (5.7 million, 3.8/7)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (3.6 million, 2.6/5)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: SVU" (1.5)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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