TV Ratings Tuesday: Hell’s Kitchen Cooks Fox To Win; But Most Shows Fall

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America’s Got Talent was the top rated show on Tuesday, but weighed down in the ratings at 8 and 10, NBC finished behind Fox and Hell’s Kitchen in the nightly adults 18-49 averages.

Hell’s Kitchen fell 7% vs. last week to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, but it’s two hours kept Fox’s average rating on top for the night.

America’s Got Talent was the top rated show on Tuesday with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, but that was down 18% from last week’s 2 hour episode and its lowest rated episode this summer. Losing It With Jillian was the only original show on broadcast that increased its ratings from last week, up a tenth of a point to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Wipeout fell 16% vs. last week to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, while the second outing of Downfall did fall, 26% to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Primetime: Mind Games dropped 23% from last week to just a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Unlike Monday, when its repeats finished a strong second in the nights 18-49 ratings, CBS repeats were a distant fourth.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.1/5 with an encore telecast delayed by Wimbledon coverage; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s “Nightline,” 3.1/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” 0.8/4 with an encore telecast delayed by Wimbledon coverage; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast delayed by Wimbledon coverage) trailed CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, the delayed “Late Night” rebroadcast (0.6/4 in 18-49) led the on-time, original “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters with an encore telecast delayed by Wimbledon coverage.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC Wipeout 2.4 8 7.664
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.4 8 5.700
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.4 5 9.261
NBC Losing It With Jillian 1.3 5 4.149
CW One Tree Hill (repeat) 0.4 2 1.329
8:30 ABC Wipeout 2.7 9 8.637
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.6 9 6.119
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.4 5 9.996
NBC Losing It With Jillian 1.4 5 4.218
CW One Tree Hill (repeat) 0.4 1 1.082
9:00 FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.7 9 6.330
NBC America’s Got Talent 2.6 8 9.017
ABC Downfall 1.5 5 4.675
CBS NCIS:LA (repeat) 1.3 4 8.177
CW Life Unexpected (repeat) 0.3 1 0.838
9:30 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.1 9 11.090
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.9 9 6.526
CBS NCIS:LA (repeat) 1.3 4 8.084
ABC Downfall 1.3 4 3.515
CW Life Unexpected (repeat) 0.3 1 0.952
10:00 NBC Last Comic Standing (repeat) 1.9 6 5.704
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.0 3 5.952
ABC Primetime: Mind Games 1.0 3 3.349
10:30 NBC Last Comic Standing (repeat) 1.5 5 4.121
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.0 3 5.666
ABC Primetime: Mind Games 1.0 3 3.490

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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