'Hell's Kitchen,' 'Talent,' 'Big Brother' top night

Reality ruled as usual on the final Tuesday of television’s summer season, with Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and CBS’ “Big Brother” all clicking. “Brother” drew its largest overall audience on any night this summer.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, NBC scored a narrow demo victory on the night — and won easily in total viewers — behind its two-hour performance episode of “America’s Got Talent” (3.2 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), which was in line with its recent deliveries. The Peacock net also did decently at 8 p.m. with an encore of the previous week’s “Talent” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall).

Fox, a close second in 18-49 and the night’s leader in younger categories, dominated as usual at 8 p.m. with “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.2/11 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and was up a tick at 9 p.m. with first-year unscripted series “More to Love” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall).

CBS ran second in demos throughout the night, starting with a repeat of “NCIS” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) and then building at 9 p.m. with “Big Brother” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which continues to outperform last summer’s edition. Closing things out was a special 10 p.m. repeat of “NCIS” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall).

ABC’s first-year alternative series “Shaq Vs.” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) took a step back after opening with a couple of stronger performances. The net didn’t do much on either side of “Shaq,” meanwhile, with a repeat of “Crash Course” at 8 o’clock (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and newsmag “Primetime: The Outsiders” at 10 o’clock (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall).

Next Tuesday sees the premiere of CW’s lineup, with the second-season premiere of “90210” and the series reboot of “Melrose Place.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.6/8; Fox, 2.5/8; CBS, 1.9/6; Univision, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 10.4 million; CBS, 8.3 million; Fox, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.4 million; ABC, 3.3 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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