Reality rules Tuesday ratings race

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

Tuesday was another good night for reality show veterans, as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and CBS’ “Big Brother” put up the best numbers.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, NBC won the night on the strength of its two-hour “America’s Got Talent” (3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), which was down slightly week to week but still dominated from 9 to 11. The net was also competitive in the night’s opening hour with a recap of the previous week’s “Talent” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

Fox ruled Tuesday’s leadoff hour in demos with “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.1/10 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), which was also down slightly week to week, and then placed third in the 9 o’clock hour with dating show “More to Love” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall).

CBS was strong from 8 to 10 p.m. with a repeat of “NCIS” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) and “Big Brother” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) but again dropped sharply at 10 p.m. with crime drama “Medium” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall).

ABC had a very quiet night, starting with lowest-yet scores for its 11-night run of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and the season finale of comedy “Better Off Ted” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall). Closing things out was newsmag “Primetime: The Outsiders” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.8/9; Fox, 2.4/8; CBS, 1.8/6; Univision, 1.3/4; ABC, 1.2/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 10.5 million; CBS, 6.6 million; Fox, 5.3 million; ABC, 4.2 million; Univision, 3.2 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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