While "America's Got Talent" delivered Tuesday's highest overall ratings for NBC, FOX won the key demographic on the back of Chef Gordon Ramsay.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.6 rating, narrowly edging the 2.5 rating for NBC. CBS was third in the all-important demo, leaving ABC's 1.3 rating and the 0.3 rating for The CW in the rear.
Overall, though, NBC averaged an estimated 9.49 million viewers to go with a 5.9 rating/10 share, beating out the 5.2/9 for CBS. FOX fell to third overall with a 3.5/6, still beating the 2.4/4 for ABC. The CW's 0.6/1 was fifth.
CBS started the night on top with a 6.2/11 for "NCIS." FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" was second overall with a 4.3/8 and also turned in the night's best demo numbers with a 3.4 rating. NBC's "America's Got Talent" repeat was third, followed by ABC's reairing of the "Shaq Vs" premiere. The CW's "90210" was fifth with a 0.6/1.
NBC moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 6.9/11 for "America's Got Talent," which also controlled the hour in the key demo. CBS' "Big Brother" was second with a 4.7/8. There was a third place tie between FOX's "More to Love" and ABC's new "Shaq Vs," which both did a 2.6/4 (with FOX holding the slightest of advantages in both total viewers and in the 18-49 demo). The CW's "90210" trailed.
"America's Got Talent" stayed in first at 10 p.m. with a 6.8/12 for NBC. CBS' "The Mentalist" was a solid second, well ahead of the 2.3/4 for ABC's "Primetime: The Outsiders" special.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.