NBC's 'Talent' Shines Through on Wednesday


Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006

"America's Got Talent" continued its solid run to lead NBC to an overall ratings win Wednesday, although FOX sneaked into the top spot among younger viewers.

NBC averaged a 6.1 rating/10 share in primetime, beating FOX's 5.1/9 by a fairly comfortable margin. CBS was not far back in third at 4.9/9. ABC took fourth with a 3.6/6. The WB's 1.2/2 was good enough to beat UPN's 0.9/2 for fifth.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX scored a 3.0 to edge NBC's 2.9. CBS finished third with a 2.3. ABC earned a 1.9, while The WB and UPN both stayed below 1.0.

The first half of "America's Got Talent" scored a 6.4/11 for NBC at 8 p.m. FOX was second for the hour with a "House" repeat, 4.3/8. "Rock Star" posted a 3.7/7 for CBS, topping two episodes of "George Lopez" on ABC. Back-to-back episodes of "Blue Collar TV" averaged 1.6/3 for The WB. UPN trailed with "America's Next Top Model."

"Talent" improved to 6.7/11 at 9 p.m., holding off FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," which delivered a 5.9/10. "Criminal Minds" was third for CBS with a 5.6/9. A second hour of "George Lopez" averaged 2.9/5 for ABC. Neither The WB's "One Tree Hill" rerun nor UPN's "All of Us" and "Half & Half" made much of an impression.

At 10 p.m., CBS' "CSI: NY" led among households with a 5.4/9, although NBC's "Law & Order," 5.3/9, had a few more total viewers. ABC was not far behind, as "Primetime: Medical Mysteries" drew a 4.9/8.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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