Unlike most of July, things were truly competitive on primetime last night, literally and figuratively. While ABC was all encores last night, the other networks had packed schedules and the CW had some more magic of its own. It was all conspiracy and aftermath on Extant (1.0/4) last night as the Halle Berry starrer settled into its second week in the 10 PM slot. Not that such a settlement didn’t give the CBS sci-fi series a price to pay. While out of the way of NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.0/7), Extant slipped 9% among adults 18-49 from last week to hit a new low in preliminary numbers.
Extant also once again found itself sharing the slot top spot with NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn (1.0/3), which had the added advantage of that 1-minute overrun from AGT. Like last week that will likely see TB adjusted down in the final numbers later today. Nine was the annoying number for CBS last night with 8 PM’s Big Brother (2.1/8) also dipping by the same percentage from its July 31 show. The 9 PM Criminal Minds repeat took a 9% drop also from last week. Vet reality series BB did however grab the top rated show of the night spot. Overall CBS and NBC were tied as the top rated network of the night with a 1.4/5 result while NBC won in terms of viewers with 7.159 million watching.
Over on AGT, it was all about eliminations on Wednesday as the reality heavyweight cut things down to a Top 5 heading into this season’s semifinals. As there were cuts on the show itself, the 1-hour live AGT took a 9% slice among the key demo to tie a regularly scheduled show low in preliminary numbers – though an adjustment in final numbers could rid it of that stigma and perhaps even see the NBC show catch up with top rated BB. Viewershipwise, AGT was the most watched show of the night with an audience of 10.02 million.
They went down from 10 to 8 contestants on So You Think You Can Dance (1.1/4) last night on Fox but not in the ratings. The 2-hour live elimination show, with guest judge Tara Lipinski joining Nigel and Mary at the desk, held even with its July 31 show, like it had the week before and the week before that. SYTYCD did see a slight 6% rise in viewers to 3.7 million from last week’s 3.5 million.
The second week of the CW’s Brit import Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.5/2) saw the vet magicians neither raise nor fold on their 8 PM show but hold even with their July 31 debut.