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Primetime Ratings: Fox, NBC Split the Win

Fox and NBC were top of the heap in Wednesday prime ratings, both scoring a 1.3 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 5 share. Fox’s MasterChef tallied 1.3 across two hours, up 8%.

On NBC, America’s Got Talent dropped 5% to a 2.0, then a double run of Marlon, including the finale, scored a 1.2 and 1.0. Last week’s Marlon episodes scored a 1.3 and 1.0. Midnight, Texas rated a flat 0.7 to close out prime for NBC.

NBC won a close race on the previous Wednesday.

Next was CBS at 0.9/4. Big Brother rated a 1.8 and Salvation a 0.5, before a Criminal Minds repeat. Both new episodes were flat with last week.

Telemundo did a 0.7/3 thanks to a robust El Señor de los Cielos at 0.9.

ABC did a 0.6/3, with repeated comedies leading into 20/20, down 14% at 0.6.

Univision was at 0.5/2.

The CW scored a 0.2/1 with repeats of Arrow and Supernatural.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.