NBC solid with 'Talent,' ABC third as 'Money' declines

Fox’s finale of ”MasterChef” and NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” were the standout performers Tuesday, with strong showings in the 9 o’clock hour for both contributing to lower scores for ABC’s competing ”Take the Money and Run.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the two-hour finale night of ”MasterChef” averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall, peaking in its final half-hour, where its 2.9 demo rating led its timeslot. ”Chef” was up an impressive 30% from its finale night of last year, which aired in mid-September. Fox won the night in most key demos, including 18-49.

At NBC, ”It’s Worth What” continues to get Tuesday off to a slow start for the net (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), though it rebounded as usual with ”America’s Got Talent” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall). ”Talent” was on the low end of its range, placing second to ”Chef” in 18-49 for the 9 o’clock hour before sweeping all categories from 10 to 11. The Peacock won the night in total viewers, for its 12th consecutive Tuesday triumph by that measure.

ABC took a step back this week with its reality combo of ”Wipeout” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and ”Take the Money and Run” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), with the latter declining about 20% after two solid initial outings. Closing out the night was original drama ”Combat Hospital” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

CBS was competitive in total viewers despite lagging in demos with its regular repeats of ”NCIS” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) and a special Tuesday encore of ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall). ”Five-0,” taking advantage of a more compatible lead-in, was up slightly from its Monday repeat.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.6/8; NBC, 2.2/6; Univision, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.3/4; CBS, 1.2/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.1 million; CBS, 7.4 million; Fox, 6.5 million; ABC, 4.2 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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