CBS comedy repeats rule the night

One week after seeing its lengthy winning streak come to an end, Fox was back on top of the primetime demo heap thanks its nonscripted hits.

NBC, meanwhile, was boosted by the return of “America’s Got Talent,” edging out ABC for second place in adults 18-49 even though the Alphabet benefited from Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Tuesday hoops action stood as easily the week’s top-rated program.

Overall for the June 16-22 frame, according to Nielsen estimates that incorporate live viewing plus same-night DVR playback, Fox’s 2.3 rating/7 share put it comfortably ahead of NBC (1.9/6) and ABC (1.8/6). Univision moved up to fourth (1.6/5), followed by CBS (1.5/5), USA (1.0/3) and TNT (0.8/2).

Fox also won in adults 25-54 (2.4/7) and persons 12-34 (2.0/7), while NBC prevailed in total viewers — edging out CBS (6.48 million to 6.39 million) for the net’s first victory in this category since the first week in January, when it aired an NFL opening-round playoff game.

For Fox, “Hell’s Kitchen” set the pace (4.0/11 in 18-49, 8.25 million viewers overall), standing as the week’s No. 1 entertainment program despite facing the concluding game of the NBA Finals. It won its hour in all key female demos.

“So You Think You Can Dance” also continues to win its timeslots on Wednesday (3.3/10 in 18-49, 8.85m) and Thursday (3.1/9, 8.87m), and the net dominated Saturday with “America’s Most Wanted” (1.8/7, 5.13m) and “Cops” (1.8/7, 4.73m for its 8:30 p.m. repeat).

Coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, in which the Boston Celtics closed out the Los Angeles Lakers, was a big ratings winner for second-place ABC (6.9/20 in 18-49, 16.88m). The Finals as a whole finished up significantly from the previous year and with the best averages since 2004.

Elsewhere for the net, “The Bachelorette” cracked the top 10 (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.05m), but the Daytime Emmys telecast fell to all-time lows Friday (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.38m).

At NBC, the return of “America’s Got Talent” (3.7/10, 12.78m) performed well despite facing much tougher competish than a year ago, logging the best numbers for a preem this summer.

And although the net didn’t have great numbers anywhere on its sked, it drew the best demos for an entertainment program in the 10 o’clock hour on five nights, including Wednesday with “Celebrity Circus” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.71m).

Also pitching in was the start of the U.S. Olympic Trials, with Sunday’s women’s gymnastics portion winning its time period (2.0/7 in 18-49, 6.30m).

Univision had a strong week, joining ABC and Fox as broadcasters improving upon their performance vs. a year ago. Highlights included Sunday’s three-hour finale of “Yo Amo A Juan Querendon” (I Love Irresistible Juan), which averaged a 1.7/5 in 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers.

Top shows for CBS were Monday comedy repeats “Two and a Half Men” (3.7/8 in 18-49, 8.95m) and “Rules of Engagement” (2.3/6, 6.66m).

Summer newbies “Swingtown” (2.1/6, 6.01m) and “Million Dollar Password” (1.5/5, 8.20m) both posted their lowest scores to date, though the former did win its Thursday hour. As for “Password,” it fell to fourth place for its hour in adults 18-49 even though it again led its slot in total viewers.

Of note in the usually tight evening news race was a decisive victory for NBC’s “Nightly News” (2.1/9 in 25-54, 7.99m) over ABC’s “World News” (1.8/8, 7.04m) in the first week following the death of the Peacock’s news staple Tim Russert.

One of the top cable stories of the week was Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock,” which averaged a big 8.86 million viewers on Friday to outdraw the original “High School Musical” (Daily Variety, June 23). It earned a whopping 49 share in female teens.

More than 21 million Americans watched some of “Camp Rock” during Disney’s multiplatform launch over the weekend. Pic broke traffic records on Disney.com and averaged 3.47 million Saturday in its broadcast airing on ABC and 3.73 million Sunday on ABC Family.

Elsewhere in cable, USA had a strong week behind two hours of “WWE Raw” on Monday (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.21m from 9-11:10 p.m.) and the Sunday drama duo of “Law & Order: CI” (1.6/4, 4.69m) and “In Plain Sight” (1.4/4, 4.67m).

Both “Plain Sight” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives” (1.5/4, 3.75m) continue to perform well in the 10 o’clock hour, though “Army,” which doesn’t benefit from a strong lead-in, was down vs. its first two weeks.

Other top cable draws in 18-49 included Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” (1.4/4, 2.91m) and History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” (1.4/4, 3.06m).

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