America’s Got Talent helped NBC edge Hell’s Kitchen powered Fox with a 2.6 overall adults 18-49 rating vs. Fox’s 2.5 in a near mirror image of the overall results from last Tuesday.

Against all repeats at 8pm, Hell’s Kitchen delivered a 3.2 rating /11 share among Adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers to crush the hour’s competition in the demos.  The repeats rolled in well behind: ABC’s Crash Course (0.8/3/3.06m), CBS’ NCIS (1.7/6/9.64m), NBC’s America’s Got Talent (1.5/5/6.29m), and CW’s 90210 (0.5/2/1.19m).

From 9-11, NBC’s America’s Got Talent ruled with a (3.2/9/12.45m). At 9, CBS’s Big Brother 11 (2.6/7/8.06m) was up a tenth in the 18-49 demo and delivered its highest P2+ viewer average on any night for the cycle. Fox’s More to Love posted a fairly typical (1.8/5/4.13m). ABC’s Shaq Vs. (1.3/4/3.26m) was up two ticks in the demo from last week. CW’s second 90210 repeat did a (0.4/1/1.75m)

At 10pm, ABC’s Primetime: The Outsiders (1.2/3/3.54m) was about average, and CBS’s NCIS repeat delivered a (1.5/4/7.10m).

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