CBS’ Big Brother won the 8 PM in its Wednesday season premiere (2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which was up 10% from last year in the demo. It capped a solid return for the veteran reality series, which saw year-to-year gains for all 3 premiere episodes. Big Brother topped the first hour of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (2.2/8) and NBC’s Minute To Win It (2.0/7), which was down 5% in its second week in 18-49 and won the hour in total viewers (6.6 million).
NBC’s America’s Got Talent (3.0/9, 11.2 million) at 9 PM was by far the highest-rated program of the night. With a Law & Order: SVU (1.5/5) winning the 10 PM time period, NBC was able to tie Fox’s two-hour SYTYCD for the night’s top honors in adults 18-49 (2.2/7), while winning outright in total viewers (7.9 million). CBS (1.6/5) was distant third in the demo as it followed Big Brother with drama reruns, while ABC stayed out of contention with all-repeats.