Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
"Hell's Kitchen" continued its late-summer rise, while "Masterchef" remained steady in its second week, helping FOX split Tuesday night with repeat-fueled CBS and "Talent"-fueled NBC.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.9 rating, topping the 2.1 ratings for NBC and ABC in the key demographic. CBS was fourth with a 1.2 rating, with The CW's 0.4 rating in fifth.
Overall, though, CBS averaged a 4.8 rating/8 share. NBC's 4.6/8 was second, though NBC averaged 7.71 million viewers compared to 7.11 million for CBS. ABC's 3.8/6 edged the 3.7/6 for FOX. The CW was a distant fourth with a 0.8/1.
CBS won the 8 p.m. overall with a 5.8/10 for a repeat of "NCIS." ABC's "Wipeout" had a 4.9.9 for a solid second, actually edging CBS in total viewers. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" was third overall with a 4.1/7 and won the hour in the key demo with a 3.2 rating. NBC's "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" was fourth with a 1.9/3, leaving The CW's "Plain Jane" repeat in fifth.
NBC's "America's Got Talent" won the 9 p.m. hour overall with a 5.6/8, holding off CBS' repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles." FOX's "Masterchef" was third with a 3.4/6 and won the hour overall with a 2.7 rating. The season premiere of "Shaq V" on ABC did a solid 3.2/5. On The CW, the premiere of the Canadian transplanted comedy "18 to Life" was fifth with an uninspiring 0.6/1 and a 0.4 rating, drawing under 940,000 viewers.
"America's Got Talent" improved to a 6.2/11 and a 3.0 demo rating for NBC in the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' "The Good Wife" repeat was second with a 3.7/6. ABC's "Primetime" special was third overall 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.