Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 31, 2010.
On a night where programming was pushed out-of-synche by an televised address from President Barack Obama, NBC had no trouble dominating the ratings race with "America's Got Talent."
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.5 rating, bettering the 1.7 rating for ABC in the all-important demographic. FOX was third with a 1.3 rating, with CBS' 1.1 rating and the 0.3 rating for The CW following.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 9.497 million viewers to go with a 5.7 rating/10 share. CBS' 4.7/8 was second, with ABC's 2.9/5 a distant third. FOX finished fourth with a 2.4/4 and The CW's 0.7/1 trailed.
All four major networks carried the Obama address for the first 15 minutes of the 8 p.m. hour. The CW, as per usual, chose not to care.
In that 8 p.m. hour, CBS' Obama coverage and an "NCIS" repeat won the hour with a 4.8/8 overall. ABC's Obama and a new "Wipeout" had a 3.9/7 for second overall and won the hour with a 2.1 demo rating. NBC's Obama and "Minute to Win It" was third with a 3.7/6, beating FOX's "Glee" repeat and Obama. On The CW, a "Plain Jane" repeat had a 0.8/1.
"America's Got Talent" had a 6.4/10 and a 2.8 demo rating to dominate the 9 p.m. hour for NBC. CBS' "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" had a 5.2/8 for second overall. ABC's "Wipeout" and "Shaq Vs" were second in the key demo and third overall with a 2.7/4. FOX's two "Glee" repeats were fourth with a 2.5/4. The CW's "Life Unexpected" repeat was fifth.
NBC's lead grew in the 10 p.m. hour as "America's Got Talent" improved to a 6.9/12 and a 3.0 demo rating. CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Good Wife" repeats were second. ABC's "Shaq Vs" and a "Primetime" special finished third with a 2.2/4 and second in the demo.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.