Fast National ratings for Tuesday, June 20, 2009.

A new installment of "America's Got Talent" helped NBC control Tuesday night in the key demographic, but CBS's procedurals still narrowly won the night overall.

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.6 rating, topping the 2.0 rating for CBS in the key demographic. FOX and ABC were a distant third with a 1.0 rating, while The CW's 0.3 rating trailed.

Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 9.72 million viewers to go with a 6.3 rating/11 share, nipping the 5.8/10 (and 9.48 million viewers) for NBC. ABC was well back in third with a 2.3/4, better than NBC's 1.8/3 or the 0.6/1 for The CW.

CBS started the night in first with a 6.7/12 for "NCIS." An "America's Got Talent" encore on NBC was second with a 5.2/10. ABC's "Superstars" did a 2.7/5 in its second week, topping FOX's airing of "Legally Blond," plus The CW's "90210."

NBC burst into first at 9 p.m. thanks to a 7.5/13 for "America's Got Talent," which dominated the 18-49 competition as well. CBS' "The Mentalist" was second with a 6.6/11. FOX's movie took third, beating ABC's "Superstars" (2.2/4) and "Better Off Ted" (1.2/2). The CW's "Hitched or Ditched" had a 0.7/1 for fifth.

CBS moved back into the lead with a "48 Hours" special on Michael Jackson doing a 5.5/9. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second, beating ABC's "Primetime" special, which did a 2.6/5.

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.