Bones‘ trip across the pond carried FOX to a ratings win Wednesday, while the intense media scrutiny of Sarah Palin provided a big boost to the networks covering the Republican National Convention.
FOX averaged a 6.0 rating/9 share for the night, narrowly beating NBC’s 5.9/9. CBS was a fairly distant third at 3.5/5. ABC, 2.8/4, came in fourth, and The CW trailed with a 2.4/4.
The adults 18-49 lead also went to FOX, which earned a 3.3 rating in the key ad demographic. NBC finished second at 2.6. The CW, 1.7, grabbed third, followed by CBS, 1.4, and ABC, 1.3.
NBC led at 8 p.m. thanks to America’s Got Talent, 6.0/10. The fourth-season premiere of Bones drew a 5.7/9 for FOX. Greatest American Dog, 3.3/5, put CBS in third. A Wife Swap repeat on ABC was fourth, edging the season premiere of America’s Next Top Model, 2.2/4, on The CW.
America’s Got Talent improved to 6.7/10 at 9 p.m., topping the 6.3/9 for the second hour of Bones. A Criminal Minds encore kept CBS in third. Top Model ticked up to 2.5/4. ABC slid to fifth with a Supernanny rerun, 2.3/3.
Ratings for the Republican convention improved across the board as vice-presidential nominee Palin made her prime-time debut. NBC led the way with a 4.9/8, followed by ABC, 3.4/5, and CBS, 3.1/5.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.