TV Ratings: ‘Uncle Buck’ Gets Solid Start, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dominates Tuesday Night

Uncle Buck Ratings NBC
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“America’s Got Talent” once again dominated Tuesday night for NBC, but ABC’s summer comedy “Uncle Buck” still managed to get off to a decent start at 9 p.m.

“Talent” helped push NBC to an overall win for the night, with the network averaging a 2.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 9.2 million viewers. “Talent” earned a strong 2.5 demo score and 11.2 million viewers, followed by a rising “Maya and Marty,” which was up two tenths from last week’s score (1.4 vs. 1.2) and 14% in total viewers (5.3 million vs. 4.7 million), bringing it within a tenth of its series premiere rating.

ABC came second for the night in the demo (but was beaten by CBS in total viewers), nabbing a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers. The series premiere of “Uncle Buck” earned a respectable 1.5 rating and 5.2 million watchers, beating the premiere of game show “To Tell the Truth,” which was its lead-in (nabbing a 1.0 demo score and 5.4 million viewers at 8 p.m.) and lead-out (1.2 in adults 18-49 and 5.2 million at 10 p.m.), in the demo, making the Mike Epps laffer one of the top comedy launches of the summer season in years.

CBS was third in the demo with a 0.8 and 6.6 million viewers overall, with repeats of “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” preceding a new “Person of Interest,” which earned a 1.0 rating and 6.2 million viewers.

Fox averaged a 0.7 rating and 2 million viewers overall for the night, with “Hotel Hell” rising by two-tenths to score a 0.9 in adults 18-49 and 2.6 million viewers. “Coupled” was steady with a 0.5 and 1.4 million viewers.

The CW notched a 0.3 demo score and 1 million viewers for the night, with a new episode of “Containment” dipping a tenth to a 0.3 rating, following a repeat of “The Flash.”

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  1. COUSIN L.O. L. says:

    It must be said. UNCLE BUCK is one of the funniest family comedies to hit broadcast tv in a long time. And it wasn’t just ha, ha funny. It was gut busting funny most of the time, and cute, and sophisticated with the laughs the re as the of the time. The critical hate is inexplicable. The summer scheduling is dumbfounded. But those big ratings are FREAKING AWESOME! !!! Definitely a winner and a keeper for the ABC family block of comedies. Just don’t know if they are smart enough to recognize a sleeper hit when they have one. Cannot wait to see another episode next week and will definitely let friends, co-workers, associates and family know about the amazing show that is UNCLE BUCK!

  2. Clarke says:

    Mike Epps is just plain funny. Good show.

  3. Coles says:

    I like this show.

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