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ABC’s ‘Superstar’ Does Not Have a Super Debut in Key Demo Ratings

NBC’s ”Family Game Fight“ fares better among adults 18-49, but it also followed ”AGT“

Let’s get all of the ratings puns out of the way early today: ABC’s “Superstar” did not have a super debut last night, but CBS’s “Big Brother” had a pretty big Wednesday. As for NBC’s “Family Game Fight,” well, it fought the good fight among adults 18-49 — but it also got a big boost among Americans from lead-in “America’s Got Talent.”

Led by “BB23,” CBS won Wednesday in the demo, though “Love Island” and a 10 o’clock rerun let the network down in terms of total viewers. CBS finished third by that metric, behind NBC and ABC.

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Those guys tied for second in the key demo’s ratings.

CBS was first in ratings with a 0.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 2.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Big Brother” kicked off primetime at 8 p.m., averaging a 0.9 rating and 3.78 million total viewers. “Love Island” at 9 received a 0.4 rating and 1.7 million viewers. The repeat followed, closing out primetime.

NBC and ABC tied for second in ratings, each with a 0.4. NBC was second in total viewers with 3.2 million and ABC was third with 3.1 million.

For NBC, the first Wednesday episode of “AGT” thus far this summer drew a 0.6 rating and 5.4 million total viewers in the 8 o’clock hour. At 9, the time slot premiere of “Family Game Fight” got a 0.5 and 2.6 million total viewers. A rerun followed.

For ABC, “Press Your Luck” at 8 had a 0.4 rating and 3.2 million total viewers. At 9, “$100,000 Pyramid” got a 0.5 and 3.5 million total viewers. At 10, the premiere episode of “Superstar,” which chronicled singer Whitney Houston’s life, received a 0.3 rating and 2.8 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.3 and in total viewers with 1.5 million. “MasterChef” at 8 whipped up a 0.4 rating and 2.2 million total viewers. Repeats followed.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.1 and in viewers with 370,000. “Riverdale” at 8 had a 0.1 rating and 449,000 total viewers. At 9, “In the Dark” settled for a 0.0 rating and 291,000 total viewers.

We do not have early ratings for Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo.