"America's Got Talent" performed well enough to help NBC win Tuesday overall, but the powerful talent show lost to FOX's "Hell's Kitchen
" in the key young adult demos.
By the same note, ABC's "Wipeout
" beat "Hell's Kitchen" in the key demographic, but "Downfall
" was ABC's downfall with young viewers.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.9 rating for the night, controlling the all-important demographic. NBC was a solid second with a 2.3 rating. ABC's 1.7 rating and the 1.2 rating for CBS followed. The CW 0.3 rating was fifth.
Overall, NBC and CBS posted the same 4.9 rating/9 share, but NBC averaged 8.12 million viewers compared the the 7.35 million viewers for CBS. FOX was second with a 3.7/6, topping the 2.9/5 for ABC. The CW's 0.6/1 was fifth.
CBS started the night in first overall with a 6.4/12 for a repeat of "NCIS." ABC's "Wipeout" was second with a 4.5/8 and won the hour in the key demo with a 2.9 rating. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" was third overall with a 3.5/6 and close second in the demo. NBC's "Losing It with Jillian" was fourth with a 2.5/5, as The CW's "One Tree Hill" repeat claimed fifth.
NBC moved into first in the 9 p.m. hour with a 6.1/10 for "America's Got Talent," which also did a 2.7 demo rating. CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" repeat was second overall and fourth in the demo. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" improved to a 3.8/6 and an hour-winning 3.2 demo rating. ABC's "Downfall" had a 2.0/3 and a 1.2 demo rating. The CW trailed with a 0.5/1 for a repeat of "Life Unexpected."
"America's Got Talent" had a 6.1/11 in the 10 p.m. hour and improved to a 3.2 demo rating. CBS' repeat of "The Good Wife" was second, beating ABC's "Primetime: Family Secrets," which did a 2.2/4.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.