Wednesday TV Ratings 8/17/22: Two-Hour MasterChef Ticks Up, The Challenge: USA Steady, Big Brother Hits Season High (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Gordon Ramsay-hosted 'MasterChef' (0.36, +0.01) picked up a hundredth on Fox for a special two-hour installment but could not hold a candle to some of the offerings on CBS or NBC. CBS's 'Big Brother' (0.85, +0.06) climbed to a new season high in the 8PM hour and led into a stable edition of 'The Challenge: USA' (0.42, 0.00). The 10PM rerun of 'SWAT' (0.20) once again placed last in its timeslot. On NBC, 'America's Got Talent' (0.61, +0.07) grew significantly on a week-to-week basis while 'Password' (0.41, -0.02) declined by two-hundredths from Tuesday night's episode (0.43). The peacock network capped off the evening with another encore of 'Chicago PD' (0.23). ABC went with an 'Abbott Elementary' repeat marathon (0.36/0.29/0.29/0.30) that performed noticeably better than last week's mismatch of sitcom encores (0.29/0.18/0.18/0.16). At 10, the rerun of 'Press Your Luck' (0.30) topped its respective hour. 'Mysteries Decoded' (0.06, +0.03) grew by three-hundredths on the CW and was followed by encores of 'Wellington Paranormal' (0.04/0.03).

Finals Update: The 8 PM repeat of 'Abbott Elementary' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'Password' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMBig Brother0.85/94.06CBS

America's Got Talent0.61/65.64NBC

Abbott Elementary (R)0.36/42.00ABC


Mysteries Decoded0.06/10.43The CW
8:30 PMAbbott Elementary (R)0.29/31.49ABC
9 PMThe Challenge: USA0.42/42.19CBS


Abbott Elementary (R)0.29/31.36ABC

Wellington Paranormal (R)0.04/00.19The CW
9:30 PMAbbott Elementary (R)0.30/31.28ABC

Wellington Paranormal (R)0.03/00.15The CW
10 PMPress Your Luck (R)0.30/31.64ABC

Chicago PD (R)0.23/22.14NBC

SWAT (R)0.20/21.56CBS
(R) = repeat

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