TV ratings: 'Survivor' premiere and 'America's Got Talent' finale lead Wednesday, 'Big Brother' finale down

survivor-blood-vs-water-prem-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

A reality-heavy night of TV Wednesday brought positives for all three networks that aired original shows. The premiere of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" was up over the "Caramoan" premiere in the spring (though down some from the fall 2012 premiere). The season finale of "America's Got Talent" improved slightly on last year's finale for NBC.

"The X Factor" also was up, rising slightly from its premiere last week. The finale of "Big Brother," however, dropped from last season, losing viewers in each half-hour.

NBC ended the night on top in total viewers with 9.2 million and a 5.6 rating/9 share in households. CBS (8.1 million, 4.9/8) came in second, beating out FOX's 6.6 million viewers and 4.1/7. ABC (3.5 million, 2.4/4) was off the pace some in fourth, and The CW (1.1 million, 0.7/1) trailed.

CBS led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.5 rating. FOX took second with a 2.2, followed by NBC at 2.0. ABC drew a 1.0 and The CW a 0.4.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" premiere (9.6 million viewers, 5.9/10 households)
FOX: "The X Factor" (6.4 million, 4.0/7)
NBC: "The Million Second Quiz" (4.9 million, 3.2/5)
ABC: "The Middle" reruns - two episodes (4 million, 2.7/5)
The CW: "Arrow" rerun (1.15 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" (2.5)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" season finale (10.5 million, 6.3/10)
CBS: "Survivor" premiere (9.5 million, 5.7/9)/"Big Brother" season finale (7.15 million, 4.4/7)
FOX: "The X Factor" (6.7 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Modern Family" reruns - two episodes (3.9 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: "Supernatural" rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "Survivor"/"Big Brother" (2.6)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" season finale (12.2 million, 7.3/12)
CBS: "Big Brother" season finale (6.5 million, 3.9/7)
ABC: "Nashville" rerun (2.6 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "America's Got Talent" (2.7)

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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