Reality rules ratings race

'Kitchen,' 'Talent' tops Tuesday night

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” had almost identical 18-49 audiences in the middle hour of primetime Tuesday, but at the end of the night it was Fox that emerged triumphant among viewers in the demo.

CBS was first in overall viewers and third in 18-49 with three scripted reruns.

At 9 p.m., “Hell’s” (2.8/9, 6.4 million) led the first halfhour in the demo before “Talent” (2.8/9, 10.1 million) rallied to move ahead in the second 30 minutes. (“Talent” gained 19% in its 18-49 rating from the first halfhour to the second). Both programs finished ahead of ABC’s “Downfall” (1.4/4, 4.1 million) and CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.3/4, 8.1 million) in 18-49 between 9 and 10 p.m. Downfall dropped 26% in the demo from its premiere a week earlier.

Where NBC suffered was at 8 p.m., when “Losing It With Jillian” (1.3/5, 4.2 million) came in fourth despite holding relatively steady from a week ago. ABC’s “Wipeout” (2.6/9, 8.2 million) was down from the previous week but still won the 8 p.m. hour in 18-49, edging “Hell’s” (2.5/9, 5.9 million). CBS’ “NCIS” (1.4/5, 9.6 million) was third in the demo at 8 p.m. and first in overall viewers.

At 10 p.m., a repeat of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” (1.7/5, 4.9 million) took the timeslot against a rerun of CBS’ “The Good Wife” (1.0/3, 5.8 million) and a firstrun “Primetime: Mind Games” on ABC (1.0/3, 3.4 million). Fox’s overall primetime numbers for the night benefited by not airing any 10 p.m. programming.

The CW broadcast repeats of “One Tree Hill” (0.4/1, 1.2 million) and “Life Unexpected” (0.3/1, 0.9 million).

Tuesday also offered the series premiere of “Louie” and the season premiere of “Rescue Me” on FX; those ratings will be released later.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 2.7/9, NBC 2.0/6, ABC 1.7/5, Univision 1.4/4, CBS 1.2/4, CW 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS 7.9 million, NBC 6.4 million, Fox 6.2 million, ABC 5.2 million, Univision 3.4 million, CW 1.1 million.

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