Looks like NBC’s second comedy experiment of the summer has paid off very nicely for the net. In its second week, The Carmichael Show saw an 18% jump among adults 18-49 for its 9 PM (1.3/4) show and an impressive 22% rise in the demo for its 9:30 PM (1.1/4) show. Not only does that almost exactly flip how Mr. Robinson did for NBC in the decline of its Week 2, but also the 9 PM result is the best any network summer comedy has done in its second week since CBS’ Creature Comforts drew a 1.4 rating back on June 11, 2007. NBC is also flying the victory flag with the 4.8 million viewership for the 9 PM Carmichael Show last night hitting the best summer comedy Week 2 total audience since Method And Red pulled in 6.26 million on June 23, 2004.
With America’s Got Talent (1.7/7) bopping up 6% among the 18-49s from its August 26 show and the penultimate episode of Last Comic Standing (1.1/4) even with last week, NBC took the night with a 1.3/4 rating and 5.890 million viewers. CBS and Fox were a close second with a 1.2/4 rating while the latter was in the No. 2 spot viewership-wise with 5.415 million watching.
Overall, CBS took a bit of a hit on Wednesday with Big Brother (2.0/8) dipping 5% from last week and Extant falling 13%. Still, BB was once again the top-rated show of the night and the second most watched with its 6.53 million behind AGT’s 9.07 million.
It was the opposite on Fox with MasterChef (1.5/6) rising 7% from last week and Home Free (1.0/2) building 25% over the double digit decline of its August 26 show.
For ABC’s sole original of the night there were mixed results. While the Season 4 finale of Celebrity Wife Swap (0.8/9) rose 14% from its August 26 show, the series was down 27% from last year’s season ender. Having said that, CWS Season 3 finale was held over a month earlier last year, airing on July 29, 2014 – so the direct finale-to-finale comparison wanes a bit. What is clear is that CWS was tied with a Criminal Minds encore in the 10 PM time slot and came well behind slot winner Last Man Standing.
The CW saw big demo falls for America’s Next Top Model (0.4/2) and A Wicked Offer (0.2/1) with the latter sliding 20% to match a season low in early numbers and the latter going down a hard 33% to hit a low.