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‘Talent’ lifts NBC in primetime ratings

Michael Jackson-themed 'Mystery' attracts auds

Improved week-to-week numbers from summertime stalwart “America’s Got Talent” lifted NBC to a primetime ratings victory among adults 18-49 Tuesday, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. The Peacock narrowly missed edging CBS in total viewers.

The 9 p.m. showing of “Talent” (3.7 rating/11 share in the demo, 12.9 million viewers overall) outdrew last week’s 3.2/10, 11.5 million – which itself was enough to rank No. 1 in network primetime from June 22-28.

An 8 p.m. repeat of “Talent” (2.3/8, 8.2 million) was the No. 2 performer in the demo Tuesday and virtually doubled up ABC’s 90-minute “The Superstars” (1.3/4, 4.0 million), which declined from its disappointing premiere a week earlier.

ABC’s “Better off Ted” (0.6/2, 1.8 million) also continued to struggle in its summer run of fresh episodes at 9:30 p.m., leading into “Primetime: Family Secrets” (0.9/3, 3.5 million).

Reruns of “NCIS” (2.0/7, 10.7 million) and “The Mentalist” (1.9/6, 10.4 million) powered CBS’s victory in total audience Tuesday, with a Michael Jackson-themed “48 Hours Mystery” (2.0/6, 8.1 million) winning the 10 p.m. slot in 18-49.

The CW’s season finale of “Hitched and Ditched” (0.4/1, 1.0 million) barely registered with viewers at 9 p.m., though it at least outperformed a lead-in rerun of “90210” (0.3/1, 0.8 million).

Fox devoted its night to an airing of Reese Witherspoon starrer “Legally Blonde” (1.0/3, 2.9 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC 2.6/8, CBS 2.0/6, Univision 1.5/5, ABC 1.0/3, Fox 1.0/3, CW 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS 9.7 million, NBC 9.5 million, Univision 3.7 million, ABC 3.5 million, Fox 2.9 million, CW 0.9 million.

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