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‘Glee’ tops Tuesday ratings

Fox wins night while NBC nabs most viewers

Despite the series or season premieres of several summer series, Fox’s “Glee” drew the highest primetime ratings Tuesday in the 18-49 demo, lifting the network to a narrow victory over NBC. Fox actually finished fourth in total viewers, behind NBC (powered by “America’s Got Talent”), CBS and ABC.

Airing at 9 p.m., “Glee” (3.8 rating/11 share in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) posted its best numbers ever without an “American Idol” lead-in. Instead, airing on Fox at 8 p.m. was the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.9/9, 6.2 million), which rose 4% over last year’s July season premiere and improved 27% among adults 18-34.

Faring best among the summer premieres was NBC’s two-hour “America’s Got Talent” (3.6/11, 12.3 million), which won both the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours in 18-49 and total viewers, improving 13% compared with its premiere last June 23.

ABC’s first “Wipeout” of the year (2.9/9, 8.1 million) — technically a sneak preview rather than a season premiere, with the show beginning its weekly run June 22 — was in second place at 8 p.m. despite being 9% below its 2009 season premiere in late May. The special gave the Alphabet net its top non-sports ratings for 8 p.m. Tuesday programming in the summer since July 8, 2008.

The one brand new series launching Tuesday was NBC’s “Losing It With Jillian” (2.7/8, 6.7 million), which captured the 10 p.m. hour in the demo, while finishing third in total viewers behind ABC’s “A Special Edition of 20/20: Superhumans” (2.3/7, 7.4 million) and a CBS rerun of “The Good Wife” (1.3/4, 7.1 million). The “20/20” special also won its timeslot among male and teen demos.

Earlier in the night, repeats of “NCIS” (1.7/7, 10.7 million) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.7/5, 9.3 million) posted identical numbers for CBS in 18-49.

The CW struggled with reruns of “90210” and the pilot of “Life Unexpected” each registering 0.4/1, 0.8 million.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 3.4/10, NBC 3.3/10, ABC 2.8/8, Univision 1.7/5, CBS 1.6/5, CW 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC 10.4 million, CBS 9.0 million, ABC 8.0 million, Fox 7.6 million, Univision 4.2 million, CW 0.8 million.

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