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‘Talent’ towers over Tuesday rivals

NBC easily wins night; ABC reality on the rise

NBC’s two-hour ”America’s Got Talent” was easily the top-rated program Tuesday, a night on which both it and reality shows on ABC took advantage of lesser competition than usual at Fox.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, NBC won the night thanks to ”Talent,” which was up more than 10% week to week to a 3.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 11.6 million viewers overall; it seemed to benefit from the departure of Fox’s ”MasterChef” in the 9 o’clock hour. Unfortunately, the net didn’t see a bounce at 8 o’clock for ”It’s Worth What” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), which faced a ”Glee” repeat instead of tough reality competition from ”Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox.

ABC’s ”Wipeout” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) and ”Take the Money and Run” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) were both up a few ticks week to week, with “Wipeout” winning its hour and matching a summer high. The net’s original 10 p.m. drama ”Combat Hospital” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) was pretty much on par.

CBS stayed steady throughout the night with repeats of its ”NCIS” franchise, starting with the original at 8 (1.5/5 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall), ”NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9 (1.5/4 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and a second ”NCIS” at a special time of 10 p.m. (1.5/4 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), which performed better than anything else the net has aired in the slot this summer.

The Eye and Alphabet tied for second on the night in 18-49 with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, which was on the rise and led by ”La Fuerza del Destino” (The Strength of Destiny), which averaged a 1.8/5 in the demo during the 9 o’clock hour.

Without its hot cooking contests, Fox drew just 2% of the available 18-49 audience on the night as it shifted to repeats of its regular-season Tuesday scripted series ”Glee” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and ”Raising Hope” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.4/7; ABC, CBS and Univision, 1.5/4; Fox, 0.8/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.2 million; CBS, 8.4 million; ABC, 4.6 million; Univision, 3.8 million; Fox, 2.4 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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