Ratings: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Down But Dominant; Good Start for ‘I Can Do That’

NBC easily captured the first Tuesday of the summer television season behind summer perennial “America’s Got Talent,” which was down from last year but dominated the night, and a promising debut for “I Can Do That.” It was slow going, though, for Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” which was back in primetime for the first time in nearly six years.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “America’s Got Talent” (pictured) averaged a 2.6 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., down 13% (0.4) from last year but more than double any other show in its time period. The show’s 10th-season premiere matched last week’s result for the final performance edition of NBC’s “The Voice” and out-rated last week’s reality finales of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and CBS’ “Survivor” (both at 2.3).

“Talent” led into the debut of “I Can Do That” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), which dominated its timeslot — beating the combined demo totals of programming on ABC and CBS. Last year, on the night that “Talent” kicked off its season with a 3.0 demo rating, medical drama “The Night Shift” opened with a 1.6, which tied CBS’ premiere of “Extant” as last summer’s highest-rated broadcast premiere of summer. The highest-rated unscripted bow of last summer was ABC’s “Rising Star” (1.5).

At ABC, seven-night gameshow “500 Questions” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) matched the previous night’s rating despite facing NBC’s strong “America’s Got Talent” as well as competition from another gameshow, Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), which was back on the network with original host Jeff Foxworthy returning.

Following “500 Questions” on ABC was the season premiere of “Extreme Weight Loss” from 9 to 11 p.m. (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), down  31%. And at Fox, it was a modest time-period premiere for “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall).

CBS was competitive with the firstrun lineups on ABC and Fox with its repeat crime programs “NCIS” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and “48 Hours” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

CW re-broadcast the pilot episode of “The Flash” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall), followed by one of the final original episodes in the first season of “iZombie” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall). As happened earlier in its run, “iZombie” fared about as well with an original lead-in as with a repeat, suggesting it has its own audience and that it’s not all that great of a match with “Flash.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.3/8; Fox, 1.0/3; ABC and Fox, 1.0/3; Univision, 0.9/3; CW and Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.5 million; CBS, 7.2 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Fox, 3.3 million; Univision, 2.3 million; CW, 1.8 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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