ABC's 'Cougar' exits meekly; soft start for CW's 'Catalina'

NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” had the broadcast field pretty much to itself Tuesday and it dominated the night’s middle hour in key demos. Also, ABC’s ”Cougar Town” wrapped its run on the network with low numbers, while CW’s unscripted ”Catalina” didn’t do much in its bow.

As was the case one night earlier, cable network History figured to again score well Tuesday with its miniseries ”Hatfields and McCoys,” which opened Monday to nearly 14 million viewers , the largest audience on record for an ad-supported, scripted cable program.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”America’s Got Talent” easily drew broadcast’s top numbers Tuesday, including a season-high 3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.3 million viewers overall , rising 12% from last week, when competition included the finales of ”Dancing With the Stars” on ABC and ”Glee” on Fox. Also for the Peacock, a repeat ”Talent” scored well at 8 (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), and a special repeat of Friday drama ”Grimm” did a 1.3/3 in 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall at 10.

CBS ran second among the broadcasters in demos and edged ahead of NBC in total viewers with repeats of ”NCIS” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) and ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), followed by a special ”48 Hours Mystery” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall).

ABC had a quiet night even with original programming, kicking off with the hourlong season finale of ”Cougar Town” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), followed by ”20/20: The Jubilee Queen with Katie Couric” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall). In total viewers, the news special drew ABC’s largest Tuesday 9-11 p.m. summer audience in two years.

Fox aired four encores of ”New Girl,” garnering a consistent 1.0/3 in 18-49 with each half-hour and averaging 2.3 million viewers overall.

The CW debuted ”The Catalina,” an unscripted soap set in a Miami hotel, to a 0.3/1 in 18-49 and 1.0 million viewers overall, followed by the season finale of ”The L.A. Complex” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall), which edged up week to week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.3/7; CBS, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.2/4; Fox, 1.0/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.6 million; NBC, 7.5 million; ABC, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.2 million; Fox, 2.3 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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