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Wednesday Overnights: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Concludes Stellar Season

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, September 20, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.6/13, CBS: 3.4/ 6, Fox: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: The year-ago time period averages are excluded due to the 2016-17 TV season officially beginning.

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC, of course, stood well above the competition last night care of the two-hour season-finale of “America’s Got Talent,” which capped off its stellar season with a significant 9.6 rating/16 share in the overnight households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this was up by four percent from the year-ago season-ender, which translated into14.41 million viewers and a 2.8 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, based on the Live + Same Day data. Congratulations Darcey Lynne!

Also closing their seasons was a two-hour edition of “Big Brother” on CBS (4.1/ 7 from 8-10 p.m.) and Fox cooking competition “MasterChef,” which scored a 3.0/ 5 in the 9 p.m. hour (out of a 2.7/ 8 for the 8-9 p.m. edition).

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this paragraph if you don’t want to know who won “Big Brother.” In a season marred by favoritism to one returning house guest, Paul’s second place finish behind Josh felt very satisfying. He overplayed and became way too arrogant. As for Cody and Jessica, I predict we will see them next competing on “The Amazing Race.” And, as for next summer’s edition, please…no more returnees!

Also concluding for the season (or series) was CBS drama “Salvation” at a distant second-place 1.9/ 4 in the 10 p.m. hour. Competing with “Salvation” was the second season premiere of NBC comedy “The Good Place,” which at a dominant 4.3/ 8 jumped by 33 percent from last season’s finale (2.7 on Thursday, Jan. 19). But it also slipped by 59 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “America’s Got Talent” (2.9/ 6).

A second episode of “The Good Place,” which airs Thursday at 8:30 p.m. this season out of “Superstore,” won the 10:30 p.m. half-hour with a 2.9/ 6.

What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, September 20 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season finale): 4.3/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 8.8/15 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season finale): 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 9.8/16 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season finale): 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 9.5/16 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season finale): 3.0/ 5 (#2)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season finale): 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 10.5/17 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season finale): 3.1/ 5 (#2)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Salvation” (season or series finale): 2.0/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “The Good Place” (season finale): 4.3/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Designated Survivor” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Salvation” (season or series finale): 1.9/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “The Good Place” (season finale): 2.9/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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