Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.

With three hours of "America's Got Talent" (two of them new), NBC started the month of September with a solid ratings win.

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.6 rating, nipping the 2.5 rating for FOX in the key demo. CBS was third with a 1.9 rating, followed by the 1.1 rating for ABC and the 0.5 rating for The CW.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 10.4 million viewers to go with a 6.4 rating/11 share. CBS was second with a 5.4/9. Coming in a distant third was FOX with a 3.4/6, still a good way ahead of ABC's 2.2/4. The CW's 0.9/1 trailed.

CBS began the night in first with a 6.3/11 for "NCIS." FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" was second with a 4.3/7 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 3.2 rating. NBC's "America's Got Talent" repeat was third, doubling up the total for ABC's "Crash Course" repeat. The CW's "90210" was fifth with a 0.8/1. 

NBC moved into the lead at 9 p.m. with a 7.3/12 for "America's Got Talent." CBS' "Big Brother" was second with a 5.1/8. FOX's "More to Love" had a 2.5/4, beating "Shaq Vs," which slipped to a 2.1/3 on ABC in its third week. The CW's "90210" stayed steady.

In the 10 p.m. hour, NBC got a 7.7/13 from "America's Got Talent," which also improved to a 3.3 rating in the key demo. CBS' "NCIS" repeat was a distant second, but still more-than-doubled the 2.4/4 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.


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.