The first part of the finale of "America's Got Talent" was strong for NBC in Tuesday, boosting the season premiere of "Parenthood," which thrived without competition.
Meanwhile, after a slew of strong launches last week, The CW had its second straight night of mixed returns.
Among adults 18-49, NBC won the night with a 2.8 rating, bettering the 2.3 rating for ABC. FOX was third in the key demographic with a 1.7 rating, with CBS' 1.3 rating taking third. The CW's 0.9 rating was fifth.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 9.479 million viewers to go with a 5.8 rating/10 share. CBS finished second with a 4.7/8. ABC's 3.6/6 was third, just ahead of the 3.0/5 for FOX. The CW's 1.2/2 was fifth.
CBS started the night in first overall with a 6.7/12 for an "NCIS" repeat. ABC's "Wipeout
" was second with a 4.4/8 and first in the key demographic with a 2.8 rating. NBC's "Minute to Win It" was third with a 4.0/7, topping FOX's "Glee" repeat. The CW's return of "One Tree Hill
" had a 1.3/2, averaging 2.18 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, up from the show's May finale.
"America's Got Talent" controlled the 9 p.m. hour with an 8.5/14 and a 3.8 demo rating. CBS' repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was second overall. ABC's "Wipeout" had a 3.4/5 for third overall and finished second in the demo. FOX's repeat of "Glee" had a 3.0/5 for fourth. On The CW, the return of "Life Unexpected" had a 1.1/2, averaging 1.728 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, all barely below the numbers for the show's April finale.
The premiere of "Parenthood" gave NBC the 10 p.m. hour, doing a 5.0/9, averaging 7.689 million viewers and a 2.7 demo rating, though the episode took a big half-hour to half-hour drop. ABC's "Final Witness" was second with a 3.1/5, while CBS' "Fashion's Night Out" drew an unimpressive 2.1/4.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.