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Reality vets rule ratings race

'Talent,' 'Kitchen,' 'Wipeout' top Tuesday

New reality entries may be having a hard time on Tuesdays this summer, but last night saw some strong deliveries by NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and ABC’s “Wipeout.”

Each of the reality veterans garnered a 10 share among adults 18-49, compared to a 4 share for newcomers “Losing It With Jillian” on NBC and “Downfall” on ABC, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. Fox won the night in key demos while NBC ruled in total viewers.

NBC’s two-hour “America’s Got Talent” was the night’s top program, earning a 3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., and tripling the demo delivery of second-place broadcast net ABC in the 10 p.m. hour; in several key categories, this matched or achieved the show’s best ratings in four weeks. Kicking off the night was weight loss-themed series “Losing It With Jillian” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), which ranked fourth among the major networks in its timeslot.

Fox saw “Hell’s Kitchen” rise about 15% week to week, opening with a 3.0/10 in 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall for its first hour and then scoring a 3.3/10 in the demo and 7.2 million viewers overall from 9 to 10. In 18-49, “Kitchen” edged out ABC’s “Wipeout” in its first hour, and then topped NBC’s “Talent” in its second hour.

ABC started strong with “Wipeout” (2.9/10 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), which like the other reality vets, grew week to week. Things stalled there for the net, however, as new gameshow “Downfall” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) edged down a tick week to week to place fourth among the major networks, and the premiere of “Primetime: Family Secrets” struggled to find an audience (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) — although it was up vs. last week’s “Primetime: Mind Games” in the time period.

CBS went with repeats of its regular-season Tuesday dramas “NCIS” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall). The net lagged its rivals in demos but placed second in total viewers, with “NCIS” winning at 8.

CW aired repeats of “One Tree Hill” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and “Life Unexpected” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall), dramas that will be airing on Tuesdays this fall.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.1/10; NBC, 2.7/8; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; CBS, 1.4/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.1 million; CBS, 8.2 million; Fox, 6.8 million; ABC, 5.4 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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