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Fox scores with MLB’s All-Star Game

Game is week's top-rated program in demos, audience

Fox captured Tuesday’s primetime race with coverage of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, though it was down from last year’s contest, which had established a 10-year ratings high.

The National League’s 3-1 victory over the American League averaged a 9.1 household rating/13 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, down 12% from last year’s 10.3/17. The game earned a 3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall on Fox stations from 8 to 11 p.m., with the nationals expected to rise when all West Coast viewing is included.

Though likely to come in below last year’s big numbers (4.7/14 in 18-49, 14.6 million viewers overall), the All-Star Game figures to stand as the week’s top-rated program in both demos and overall audience.

NBC held up best opposite the baseball game, as “America’s Got Talent” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) nearly matched its result of the previous week. And kicking off the night, “Losing It With Jillian” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) hit a four-week high but still lagged its major-network competition.

ABC produced best-yet repeat numbers for “Wipeout” at 8 o’clock (2.7/9 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall). It was followed by original installments of gameshow “Downfall” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and newsmag “Primetime: Family Secrets” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), both of which were up a tick week to week.

CBS put up decent numbers with repeats of “NCIS” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) before slipping at 10 with an encore of “The Good Wife” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall).

And CW aired repeats of “One Tree Hill” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) and “Life Unexpected” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall).

Ratings will be available later today for USA’s season premiere of “White Collar” and series premiere of “Covert Affairs.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.4/10; NBC, 2.6/8; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; CBS, 1.3/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 11.1 million; NBC, 9.0 million; CBS, 7.7 million; ABC, 5.3 million; Univision, 4.1 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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