TV Ratings: Sluggish 'Talent,' solid 'MasterChef' help NBC, FOX split Tuesday
The CW's 'L.A. Complex' doesn't break out in summer return
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Although its ratings have been more sluggish that usual latest, "America's Got Talent" continued to help NBC dominate Tuesday night overall, while FOX's Gordon Ramsay double-dose gave the network an asterisked win with young viewers.
Meanwhile, weeks of repeats, plus a lack of scripted competition failed to give The CW's "The L.A. Complex" any sort of bump for its second season launch.
For the night, FOX averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC's 2.2 rating to top the key demographic. [Of course, NBC had a very slim advantage in the two primetime hours it goes head-to-head with FOX.] ABC was a distant third with a 1.2 rating, followed by CBS' 1.0 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, though, NBC won comfortably with a 4.9 rating/8 share and 8.16 million viewers for Tuesday primetime. CBS was second with a 4.2/7 and 6.17 million viewers, edging out FOX's 3.5/6 and 6.06 million viewers. ABC was fourth with a 2.4/4 and 4.02 million viewers, while The CW averaged 811,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.
8 p.m. - "America's Got Talent" started the night in first overall for NBC with 9.62 million viewers and finished second with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' repeat of "NCIS" was second overall with 7.24 million viewers and fourth in the key demographic with a 1.0 rating. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" won the hour with a 2.4 key demo rating and finished third with 5.99 million viewers. On ABC, "Wipeout" averaged 4.64 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating. The CW's repeat of "Hart of Dixie" averaged 961,000 viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - NBC stay on top for the 9 p.m. hour with 10.5 million viewers for "America's Got Talent," which also moved into first among adults 18-49 with a 2.8 rating. FOX's "MasterChef" improved on its lead-in with 6.14 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating. CBS' repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" averaged 5.78 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating for third, beating ABC's "Trust Us With Your Life," which declined to 2.67 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating in its second week. On The CW, "The L.A. Complex" returned to 660,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating, almost an exact copy of its premiere numbers for the spring.
10 p.m. - A repeat of "Person of Interest" won the 10 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 5.49 million viewers, coming in third with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "NY Med" lost a chunk of viewers in its second week with 4.74 million, but remained steady with a 1.2 key demo rating. NBC's "Love in the Wild" was flat with 4.35 million viewers and an hour-winning 1.3 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.