CBS' "Big Brother" and "Extant" sent the network to No. 1 in Wednesday night ratings with an average of about 6.5 million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
With about 7.8 million viewers, Halle Berry's new sci-fi series was the most-watched program of the night.
"Extant" averaged a rating of 1.5 among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic desired by advertisers. The Steven Spielberg-produced show mostly maintained the ratings elevation of its premiere last week. In week two, the show was down a mere 6% in 18-to-49.
Privacy-deprivation reality show "Big Brother" trailed slightly behind "Extant" in overall viewership with about 6.2 million tuning in but had a rating of 2.0 in the key demo, making it the highest-performing show of the night by that measure.
NBC finished second in the key demo, with a rating of 1.1. A rating point in 18-to-49 equals roughly 1.3 million viewers. A two-hour encore of "America's Got Talent" drew a rating of 1.3 in 18-to-49. "Taxi: Brooklyn" hit a series low with a rating of 0.8 in the key demo, down 11% from last week.
On Fox, "So You Think You Can Dance" saw a 17% decrease in the key demo with a rating of 1.0. The show averaged 3.6 million viewers total, a figure on par with last week's 3.7 million viewers.
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