The Presidential candidates don’t actually face off until later this month in their first formal debate but Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton proved last night that even if they are in the same room at different times, people want to watch.
The would-be POTUS’ were separately both on NBC News’ Commander-In-Chief Forum (1.8/7) last night at 8 PM and pulled in the biggest crowd of Wednesday’s primetime. In fast affiliate results, the much criticized Matt Lauer hosted townhall-ish event snagged 10.8 million viewers. That number doesn’t include those who watched the simulcast Forum on MSNBC, which also aired live in some Western markets – so expect adjustments in later results. In fact, the Trump/Clinton non-meet-up match-up was the tied with Big Brother (1.8/7), which is even with its early results of August 31 and down a tenth from those final numbers, for the second highest rated show of the night among adults 18-49 too.
America’s Got Talent (1.9/7) was the highest rated show of Wednesday’s primetime though the competition show was down two tenths from last week’s fast affiliates and a tenth from the final numbers. Though even with its last episode in the demo, a Wednesday night version of Running Wild with Bear Grylls (1.2/5) with AGT judge Mel B benefited nicely from the powerhouse lead-in in another category. By a nose, Running Wild hit a series viewership high with 5.152 million watching.
With politicians, competitors and survivalists, NBC won the night overall with a 1.6/6 rating and 8.80 million viewers. Fox was second in the demo with a 1.4/5, which was provided by a 2-hour MasterChef that was even with last week.
CBS also had a 2-hour block has night with the Season 1 finale of American Gothic (0.5/2). The struggling drama was even with its August 31 1-hour airing at 10 PM. The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.4/1) and Whose Line Is It Anyways? (0.4/1) were down an tenth and even with last week respectively.
ABC was all encores last night – as they will be tonight when the 2016/2017 NFL season kicks off on NBC with the Carolina Panthers taking on the Denver Broncos in the Colorado city.