Another robust two hours of "America's Got Talent" helped NBC dominate the Tuesday ratings competition, though several other networks had reasons for Tuesday happiness as well.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.8 rating, just ahead of the 2.4 rating for FOX in the key demographic. CBS finished third with a 1.8 rating, followed by the 1.2 rating for ABC and The CW's 0.3 rating.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 10.47 million viewers in primetime to go with a 6.4 rating/11 share. CBS was well back in second with a 4.3/7, topping the 3.1/5 for FOX and ABC's 2.8/5. The CW trailed with a 0.5/1.
CBS started the night in first with a 5.8/10 for "NCIS." NBC's "America's Got Talent" repeat took third, nipping the 3.9/7 for FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" and ABC's "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire." [Note that FOX dominated the hour in the 18-49 demographic with a 3.1 rating, far ahead of the 1.9 rating for CBS.] The CW's "90210" was fifth with a 0.6/1.
NBC moved into first in the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.6/13 for "America's Got Talent." CBS' "Big Brother 11," showing recent rating strength, had a 4.4/7 for second. FOX's "More to Love" had a 2.4/4, beating the 1.7/3 two new episodes of ABC's "Better Off Ted." The CW trailed with another episode of "90210."
"America's Got Talent" stayed in first at 10 p.m. with a 7.4/13 for NBC. ABC's "Primetime" special and CBS' "Medium" tied for second with a 2.7/5.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.