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TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent,’ low ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ premiere lead Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

“America's Got Talent” delivered Wednesday's biggest audience and led NBC to an overall win, while also helping the network tie with FOX and the “Hell's Kitchen” premiere in the key demographic.

The “Hell's Kitchen” premiere was down significantly from the competition's most recent installment, though that launched in March, so it's not a particularly strong comparison.

Also down on Wednesday was CBS' “Extant,” which is likely to hit a series low in all measures, while the returns were better for CBS' “Big Brother,” which posted small gains.

Note that all numbers for Wednesday are approximate due to the 16 minute 9 p.m. ET preemption for President Obama's live address to the nation.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, NBC and FOX both averaged a 1.4 rating for Wednesday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS was third with a 1.2 key demo rating, followed closely by ABC's 1.1 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating for the night. 

Overall, NBC won easily with an estimated 7.99 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/9 share for Wednesday primetime. CBS was a distant second with a 2.8/5 and 4.565 million viewers. ABC and FOX both averaged a 2.5/4 for the night, but FOX averaged 4.08 million viewers to the 3.84 million viewers for ABC. The CW averaged 1.2 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating.

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