Obama speech skews ratings

President's Iraq message delays programming; 'Talent' tops

President Obama’s speech to the nation left all broadcasters with a skewed hourly lineup Tuesday, but NBC made the best of it with “America’s Got Talent” both the most-watched and highest-rated show of the night.

The president address, which detailed the country’s removal of military forces from Iraq, pushed most programming approximately 30 minutes, meaning by the end of the night the 10 p.m. hourlong dramas didn’t end until around 11:30.

Peacock’s “Minute to Win It” (2.2 rating/7 share, 8.2 million viewers) and “America’s Got Talent” (3.0/8, 11.3m) was better than ABC, which also aired nothing but nonscripted fare. “Wipeout” (2.3/4, 6.4m) actually defeated “Minute to Win It,” but the Alphabet saw a big drop off for “Shaq Vs.” (1.6.5, 3.9m). Net’s premiere of “Primetime: Crime” (1.0/3, 3.4m) failed to generate any enthusiasm among viewers.

Fox offered back-to-back repeats of “Glee” while CBS went with a trio of procedurals: “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Good Wife.”

As occasionally happens during the summer, Univision finished second. Spanish-language net was behind NBC with “Hasta que el Dinero” and “Soy Tu Duena.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.5/7; Univision, 1.8/6; ABC, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.3/4; CBS, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.4 million; CBS, 7.1 million; ABC, 5 million; Univision, 4.3 million; Fox, 3.5 million; CW, 922,000