9:43am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'America's Got Talent' Top Wednesday
The heavyweights dominated the final week of summer television before fall programming starts up next week.
According to preliminary numbers, CBS' Big Brother (7.7 million total viewers, 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) and NBC's America's Got Talent (11.8 million, 2.8) were the top-rated broadcast telecasts on Wednesday night, with Talent delivering more than 4 million more viewers. At 8 p.m., NBC's Minute to Win It (5.6 million, 1.3) finale was down 7 percent. CBS and NBC were both in a dead heat for first place, averaging a 1.9 rating in primetime, while again, NBC came out on top in total viewers (7.9 million vs. 6.5 million).
ABC aired repeats of its Wednesday night comedies and a special, My Extra Ordinary Family (4.2 million, 1.4), to snag the third spot in the nightly demo (1.5).
Fox's Buried Treasure (4.2 million, 1.3) rose 30 percent from its previous telecast and posted a series high in viewers and the key demo. The network placed fourth on the night, averaging 3.9 million and a 1.2.