TV Ratings: ‘Extant’ ties ‘Taxi Brooklyn,’ ‘Penn & Teller’ works Wednesday magic

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

A move to a new time period didn't hurt “Extant” among young viewers, but it didn't help the Halle Berry drama overall. CBS stayed second overall for Wednesday night behind NBC, but “Big Brother” helped the network tie for the primetime lead in the key demo.

Interestingly, the night's most notable result came not on The Big Four, but on The CW, which got a rather impressive premiere for “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” which delivered the network's best non-“Whose Line” ratings of the summer.

And yes, you'll have to wait until the afternoon (or later) for “Sharknado 2: The Second One” figures. Sorry.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, NBC and CBS averaged a 1.5 rating for Wednesday night, tops in the key demographic. FOX averaged a 1.1 key demo rating for third, followed by ABC's 0.9 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.3 key demo rating for the night.

Overall, NBC won Wednesday night handily, averaging 7.5 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/8 share, far ahead of the 5.71 million viewers and 3.6/7 for CBS. ABC averaged a 2.3/4 and 3.58 million viewers, edging out FOX's 2.2/4 and 3.49 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.7/1 and 1.15 million viewers for the night.

8 p.m. – “Big Brother” led the 8 p.m. hour for CBS with 6.49 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's “America's Got Talent” encore was second with 6.29 million viewers and a distant second with a 1.2 key demo rating. ABC's “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” repeats averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating, compared to the 3.42 million viewers and 1.1 key demo rating for FOX's “So You Think You Can Dance.” The CW's “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” premiere averaged 1.76 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.