Reality tears up Tuesday

'Hell's Kitchen,' 'Wipeout' highlight night

Fox’s finale of “Hell’s Kitchen” and a best-yet delivery by ABC’s “Wipeout” highlighted a busy Tuesday night, while NBC also did well once again with “America’s Got Talent.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Hell’s Kitchen” (4.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) led the 9 o’clock hour in all key demos, rising about 10% from the previous week. For its entire run — beginning in April, when it followed “American Idol” on the schedule — this was the highest-rated season to date for the cooking series.

The night’s other standout was ABC’s “Wipeout” (4.0/13 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), which rose more than 10% week to week to log its best scores to date. In the 8 o’clock hour, it matched the combined demo deliveries of competing reality entries “Celebrity Family Feud” on NBC (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and “The Moment of Truth” on Fox (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall).

Following “Wipeout” on ABC, “I Survived a Japanese Gameshow” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) was up a bit week to week, placing third in the 9 o’clock hour behind “Hell’s Kitchen” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall). “Talent,” airing a regular one-hour seg after opening the season with three two-hour installments, matched its best 9 o’clock-hour delivery of the summer.

CBS wasn’t much of a factor with its repeat crime lineup of “NCIS” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), “48 Hours Mystery” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall). In the 10 o’clock hour, “Trace” lagged both ABC’s “Primetime: The Outsiders” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and NBC’s repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC and Fox, 3.0/9; NBC, 2.5/7; Univision, 1.8/5; CBS, 1.5/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.0 million; ABC, 8.2 million; CBS, 7.4 million; Fox, 6.9 million; Univision, 4.1 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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