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NBC outpaced the competition on Tuesday night with the return of “America’s Got Talent” and the debut of variety show “Maya & Marty,” starring “Saturday Night Live” alums Maya Rudolph and Martin Short.

“AGT,” which saw Simon Cowell join the judging panel, notched a 2.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and averaged 11.5 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m, down just 0.1 from last season’s premiere and easily topping the night. The premiere of “Maya & Marty” dropped from its lead-in but still won the hour with a solid 1.5 demo score and 6.4 million viewers.

CBS came in second with repeats of “NCIS” (0.9 in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.0, 7 million viewers) ahead of the 100th episode of “Person of Interest,” which earned a 1.0 rating and 6.6 million viewers, improving on its 0.8 Monday score.

Unscripted fare was also the flavor of the day on ABC and Fox, with ABC’s “500 Questions” earning a 0.9 in the key demo and 4.2 million viewers against “AGT,” before repeats of “Fresh Off the Boat” from 10-11 p.m. (0.7 in the demo, 2.3 million viewers), while Fox aired “Hotel Hell” (0.8, 2.4 million viewers) and “Coupled” (0.5, 1.5 million viewers).

A repeat of “The Flash” and a new installment of “Containment” nabbed a 0.4 in the demo and 1.1 million viewers over on the CW.