NBC wins close Tuesday race

'Talent' top show for night, though down from a week ago

NBC won the Tuesday ratings race by a narrow margin, despite “America’s Got Talent” falling from a week ago.

The Peacock’s summer reality skein garnered a 2.5 rating/7 share in the 18-49 demo, with 9.6 million total viewers, according to early estimates from Nielsen. The two-hour telecast was down from the 2.8/8 and 9.9 million viewers last Tuesday.

“Talent” led into a repeat of a pair of fall sitcom pilots: Matthew Perry starrer “Go On” drew a 1.4/4, 4.8m while “Animal Practice” landed a 1.0/3, 3.7m.

Fox just missed taking the top spot. Net aired a pair of “MasterChef” episodes, with the one in the 8 o’clock hour being a repeat (1.3/4, 3.4m), followed by an original at 9 p.m. (2.4/7, 5.9m). The latter episode was on par in the demo from a week ago, and up slightly in total viewers.

CBS and ABC aired nothing but reruns, except for the Alphabet’s hospital-based reality series “N.Y. Med” at 10 p.m. (1.0/3, 4m). “The Middle,” “Last Man Standing” and “Happy Endings” all generated a .8 rating, while “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” was a .6.

Over on the Eye, “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Mentalist” registered a 1.2 and a pair of 1.1’s, respectively.

CW aired “Hart of Dixie” (0.3/1, 880,000) and “The L.A. Complex” (0.2/1, 590,000).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.0/6; Fox. 1.9/6; Univision, 1.3/4; CBS, 1.1/3; ABC, 0.8/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.8 million; CBS, 7.1 million; Fox, 4.6 million; Univision, 3.3 million; ABC, 3 million; CW, 735,000.