Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 23, 2011.
Reversing several weeks of declines, NBC's "America's Got Talent" got a solid upward bump this week and carried the network to Tuesday wins in most measures.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.4 rating for the night, tops in the key demographic. ABC and CBS tied for second with 1.5 ratings. FOX averaged a 0.8 rating, while The CW averaged a 0.3 rating.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 9.185 million viewers for the night, along with a 5.5 rating/9 share. Although CBS averaged a 5.6/9, the network finished second with 8.38 million viewers. ABC was a distant third with a 2.8/5 and 4.59 million viewers. FOX averaged a 1.5/2 and 2.45 million viewers, beating the 0.5/1 and 655,000 viewers for The CW.
[Univision averaged 3.81 million viewers for Tuesday primetime, plus a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.]
8 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with 9.28 million viewers for "NCIS." ABC's "Wipeout" repeat was second overall with 6.19 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "It's Worth What?"  was third for the hour with 4.315 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating, both up a tick from last week. FOX's "Glee" averaged 2.6 million viewers, while The CW's "90210" averaged 791,000 viewers.
9 p.m. - The first hour of NBC's "America's Got Talent" averaged 11.22 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, topping the 9 p.m. hour. CBS was second overall with 8.34 million viewers for "NCIS: Los Angeles." ABC's "Take the Money & Run" averaged 4.11 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating, both up from last week. FOX's "Glee" averaged nearly 2.3 million viewers, with The CW's "Shedding for the Wedding" averaging 520,000.
10 p.m. - "America's Got Talent" rose to 12.02 million viewers and a 3.4 key demo rating to win the 10 p.m. hour for NBC. CBS' "NCIS" averaged 7.52 million viewers in second. ABC's "Combat Hospital" was third with 3.47 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating.
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.