TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' lets NBC return to the top on Tuesday
'Hotel Hell' and 'MasterChef' make FOX a close second in the demo
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Two hours of "America's Got Talent" helped NBC dominate the start of Tuesday primetime, holding off FOX's Gordon Ramsay block.
For the night, NBC averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49, nipping the 2.2 rating for FOX in the key demographic. CBS was a distant third with a 1.1 rating, followed by ABC's 0.8 rating and the 0.3 key demo rating for The CW.
Overall, NBC had a little more breathing room with 7.88 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/8 share for Tuesday primetime, beating CBS' 4.4/7 and 6.47 million viewers. FOX was third with a 3.2/5 and 5.39 million viewers, beating ABC's 2.1/3 and 2.98 million viewers. The CW averaged 647,000 viewers and a 0.4/1 for the night.
8 p.m. - "America's Got Talent" started primetime with 9.42 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC in the 8 p.m. hour. CBS' "NCIS" repeat was second overall with 7.16 million viewers and third with a 1.1 key demo rating. FOX's "Hotel Hell" averaged 5.09 million viewers and improved on its Monday premiere with a 2.1 key demo rating. ABC was fourth with 2.985 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating for repeats of "The Middle" and "Last Man Standing." The CW averaged 768,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating for a repeat of "Hart of Dixie."
9 p.m. - The second hour of "America's Got Talent" kept NBC in the lead for 9 p.m. with 10.22 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was second overall with 6.34 million viewers and third with a 1.1 key demo rating. FOX's "MasterChef" averaged 5.7 million viewers for third and a 2.4 key demo rating for second. ABC was fourth with repeats of "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" averaging 1.76 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating. The CW's new "The L.A. Complex" averaged 527,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - A repeat of "The Mentalist" was first overall in the 10 p.m. hour for CBS with 5.9 million viewers and finished second with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "NY Med" rose to 4.195 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating after two weeks getting crushed by Olympic competition. NBC's encore of "Stars Earn Stripes" averaged 3.99 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.