MLB All-Star Game Dominates Tuesday For Fox; NBC’s ‘Night Shift’ Down in Season Finale

UPDATE: In updated national estimates released Wednesday afternoon, the MLB All-Star Game averaged a strong 3.2 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 (flat vs. last year) and 11.34 million total viewers (up from 10.99 million). It was the No. 1 program of the night across the board and gave Fox its top-rated telecast since a Feb. 12 installment of “American Idol.”

At NBC, “The Night Shift” was revised down to a 1.1 in 18-49 and 6.05 million viewers overall, a series-low demo score for the show, which was airing its first-season finale.

There was good news for both ABC programs, as “Extreme Weight Loss” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.73 million viewers overall) and “Celebrity Wife Swap” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.59 million viewers overall) picked up a tenth in the nationals.

In cable, recent Tuesday drama additions “Finding Carter” on MTV (0.56 in 18-49, 1.27 million total viewers) and “Tyrant” on FX (0.53, 1.57 million) were down from last week.

The night’s top cable originals in 18-49 were Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” (1.02), ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” (1.01), OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” (0.94) and TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” (0.92). “Rizzoli” dominated the night in total viewers with 4.86 million.

Fox’s coverage of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game dominated Tuesday’s ratings race, displacing NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as the night’s top program in key demos as well as total viewers and delivering the network its best ratings since the early going of the most recent “American Idol” season.

In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the American League’s 5-3 victory over the National League from Minneapolis averaged an 8.0 household rating/14 share — identical to last year’s score when the game was held in New York. The game did above an 8 rating with every quarter hour from 8:30 to 10:30.

The top 10 local markets were Minneapolis (16.6/30, best since 2008), Detroit (15.1/25), St. Louis (14.3/24), Pittsburgh (12.4/21, best since it hosted the game in 2006), Milwaukee (12.0/21, best since 2009), New York (11.9/19, up 5% from last year, best since 2010), Cincinnati (11.6/22), Kansas City (11.3/21), Dayton (10.4/17) and Cleveland (10.3/17)..op local

Nielsen’s preliminary national estimates are subject to revision because they don’t accurately reflect time zone differences, but the All-Star Game did a 2.9 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers overall. Its national averages, to be released later Wednesday, figure to come in line with last year’s 3.2/10 in the demo and about 11 million total viewers. The last time a Fox program fared better than this was the Feb. 12 episode of “American Idol” (3.4 in 18-49, 11.7 million total viewers).

Elsewhere, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” auditions episode (2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) fell off by 23% (0.6) from its prior original telecast of two weeks ago but remained the night’s top series. And at 10 p.m., medical drama “The Night Shift” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) was the top broadcast series in its timeslot, but was down a tick from last week (when it had a repeat “Talent” lead-in) to match the lowest score during its first season; the show has been renewed for a second season.

At ABC, “Extreme Weight Loss” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) was on the lower end of its range, down two tenths from last week. But 10 p.m.’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” held steady (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), all of which did the same demo score. And CW aired encores of “Arrow” (0.1/0 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.9/10; NBC, 1.7/6; Univision, 1.2/4; ABC and CBS, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 10.6 million; NBC, 7.7 million; CBS, 6.4 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.5 million.

 

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