NBC tops night despite a strong 'Wipeout' on ABC

NBC captured Tuesday’s ratings race in key demo categories behind “America’s Got Talent,” but a rising ABC was a close second as its unscripted shows — led by “Wipeout” — benefited from the absence of Fox’s own reality programs.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 2.8 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., dominating both hours though down a tad week to week. Also for NBC, which led the night in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers, “Minute to Win It” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) again improved an 8 p.m. time period that earlier this summer was inhabited by rookies “Losing It With Jillian” and “Breakthrough With Tony Robbins.”

ABC’s “Wipeout” (3.0/10 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) stood as Tuesday’s top show among adults 18-49, and was the only program to post higher than an 8 share. It grew by 15% vs. last week, when it faced the “Hell’s Kitchen” finale on Fox. Also up for the Alphabet net were second-year alternative series “Shaq Vs.” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) and 10 p.m. news series “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall).

Fox debuted “Glee” on its new night and time (8 p.m.), doing a decent repeat number (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall). A second episode followed (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), as recent slot occupant “Masterchef” has moved to Wednesday night.

CBS aired repeats of its in-season dramas “NCIS” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

CW continues to struggle with scripted Canadian comedy import “18 to Life,” which managed a mere 0.3/1 in 18-49 and about 770,000 viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.4/7; ABC, 2.2/7; Univision, 1.8/6; Fox, 1.4/4; CBS, 1.2/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.5 million; CBS, 7.2 million; ABC, 6.1 million; Univision, 4.3 million; Fox, 3.8 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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