NBC’s America’s Got Talent opened strong last night, with adults 18-49 ratings up 13% from last summer’s premiere, but the combo of Hell’s Kitchen and Glee put Fox atop Tuesday’s ratings averages.

The season premiere of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen was up 4% vs. last seasons premiere (7/21/09) to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Glee’s 3.8 adults 18-49 rating was down 21% vs. last week when it followed American Idol, but up 15% from its fall 2009 average when it didn’t. It was Glee’s best adults 18-49 rating for a show not following American Idol. Together they allowed Fox to just edge NBC for the adults 18-49 ratings crown on Tuesday.

On NBC, America’s Got Talent’s 3.6 adults 18-49 rating was up 13% from last summer’s premiere (6/23/09). Losing It With Jillian’s premiere rating of 2.7 was a good start.

The premiere (or as ABC would call it, sneak preview) of Wipeout was down 9% from last summer’s debut with a still quite respectable 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 followed at 10pm with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: an encore “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.9/7; a rebroadcast of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6; ABC’s “Nightline,” 3.3/8; and an encore “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,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.3/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., an encore “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied a rebroadcast of CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., a rebroadcast of “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 NBC America’s Got Talent (premiere) 2.8 9 10.362
ABC Wipeout (sneak preview) 2.7 9 7.696
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.7 9 5.742
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.5 5 10.269
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.4 1 0.939
8:30 NBC America’s Got Talent (premiere) 3.4 11 12.005
ABC Wipeout (sneak preview) 3.1 10 8.518
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.1 10 6.569
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.8 6 11.148
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.3 1 0.671
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent (premiere) 4.0 12 13.234
FOX Glee 3.6 10 8.536
ABC Wipeout (sneak preview) 3.1 9 8.438
CBS NCIS:LA (repeat) 1.7 5 9.291
CW Life Unexpected (repeat) 0.3 1 0.717
9:30 NBC America’s Got Talent (premiere) 4.2 11 13.565
FOX Glee 4.1 11 9.445
ABC Wipeout (sneak preview) 3.2 9 8.572
CBS NCIS:LA (repeat) 1.8 5 9.244
CW Life Unexpected (repeat) 0.4 1 0.843
10:00 NBC Losing It With Jillian (premiere) 2.8 8 7.122
ABC 20/20 2.6 7 8.038
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.3 4 7.120
10:30 NBC Losing It With Jillian (premiere) 2.5 7 6.209
ABC 20/20 2.1 6 6.859
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.4 4 6.999

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


*Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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