NBC’s ‘Talent’ impresses

Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

“America’s Got Talent” continues to be a bright spot for NBC this summer, with Tuesday’s two-hour edition hitting a season high opposite mostly repeats on the other nets.

Tuesdays will get more interesting in coming weeks as ABC’s “Shaq’s Big Challenge” and CBS vet “Big Brother” enter the picture, but for now “Talent” is cleaning up for NBC. From 8 to 10 p.m., it averaged a 4.4 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers overall, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. This is the second best demo score to date for “Talent,” behind only its June 2006 debut; and this was the best delivery in the time period for NBC (excluding the Olympics) since December 2005.

NBC also ruled Tuesday’s 10 o’clock hour with a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).

The only firstrun programming on the major nets Tuesday were Fox’s struggling “On the Lot” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and ABC’s equally ineffective half-hour competition series “Fast Cars & Superstars” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall).

Fox was led on the night by a repeat of “House” at 9 (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), CBS by a repeat of “NCIS” at 8 (2.0/7 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.9/12; CBS, 1.8/6; Fox, 1.7/6; Univision, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 11.4 million; CBS, 7.3 million; Fox, 4.5 million; Univision, 4.0 million; ABC, 3.6 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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