The big winner on TV last night was CNN with Donald Trump and the second GOP debate. While that three-hour clipfest hit highs for the cable news network and attracted a lot of the eyeballs that usually look to broadcast, there were some victories on the Big 4, too.
Both America’s Got Talent (2.1/7) and MasterChef (1.5/5) declared winners as they wrapped their latest seasons. With a ventriloquist taking the $1 million prize, the live 10th anniversary season-ender of the NBC series airing from 9-11 PM was the top show of the night among adults 18-49, hitting a Wednesday season high and rising 17% from last week. However, AGT was down 12% in the key demo from its Season 9 finale of September 17 last year. That makes last night a finale low for AGT, which also saw judge Howard Stern bid farewell after four seasons. AGT does see adjustments in final numbers, but it will have to have a real boost to make it out of that low.
Howard Stern Bids Video Farewell To 'America's Got Talent' After Final Show
Overall, NBC was the top in the demo and in viewers for Wednesday with a 1.8/6 rating and an audience of 8.24 million.
It was also a finale low for the Gordon Ramsay-hosted cooking competition on Fox. With a home chef from the San Diego area cooking up the win, MasterChef was even with last week but tumbled 25% from the Season 5 ender of September 15, 2014, a Monday. Of course, Ramsay will be back with more hopefuls next year as Fox renewed the show for a seventh season in July.
With the Republican debate on cable news sucking up viewers and demo, CBS saw Big Brother (1.8/7) go down 14% from last week. Following a Criminal Minds repeat in the now-ended Extant’s slot, the special NFL: Undrafted (0.5/2) performed OK; the docuseries heads back to its regular perch on the NFL Network tonight. The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (0.5/2) was down 17% from its September 9 show. Lead-out A Wicked Offer (0.3/1) rose a tenth.
ABC was all encores last night.
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