TV Ratings Tuesday: Ramsay Rules Again; ‘Talent,’ ‘It’s Worth What’ Slip; ‘Take the Money & Run’ Down Slightly from Premiere


Fox won the night with adults 18-49 as both Hell’s Kitchen (2.7 adults 18-49 rating) and MasterChef (2.5 adults 18-49 rating) were steady versus last week. MasterChef had its most-watched telecast ever with 6.1 million viewers. America’s Got Talent scored a 2.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, even with last week’s preliminary number, but 0.2 lower than the 3.1 adults 18-49 rating in the national finals. ‘Talent’ was the most-watched program of the night with 11.2 million viewers. Earlier in the night It’s Worth What? was down 8% to a series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Wipeout was down 5% from last week to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Take the Money and Run was down 5% from its premiere last week to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Combat Hospital fell 10% to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 9, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.7/9 6.34
ABC Wipeout 1.9/6 6.11
CBS NCIS (R) 1.6/5 10.24
NBC It’s Worth What? 1.1/4 4.44
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.76
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 9-11p 2.9/8 11.16
FOX MasterChef 2.5/7 6.07
ABC Take the Money & Run 1.8/5 4.68
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 1.4/4 8.07
CW Shedding for the Wedding (R) 0.3/1 0.57
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.1/3 6.22
ABC Combat Hospital 0.9/3 3.38

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,” 3.1/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.6/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.1/3.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.5/2 with an encore; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.0/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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