FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen easily dominated the 8pm hour with adults 18-49 with a 3.4/11 (rating/sahre), the same as last week and again, the best 18-49  performance of the night,  HK averaged 7.468 million viewers over all ages. Also at 8pm was a rerun of Shaq Vs. (1.1/4, 3.31M), a rerun of NCIS (1.7/6, 9.71M), an encore of America’s Got Talent (1.5/5, 6.07M) and a repeat 90210 (0.4/1, ..93M).

At 9pm was a new hour of America’s Got Talent (3.0/8, 11.42M),  Big Brother (2.5/7, 7.41M) was down from last week’s Chima Simone eviction-fueled season-highs when it scored a 2.9 with 18-49s in the overnights (and a 3.0 in the finals).  Also at 9pm was More to Love (1.8/5, 4.24M) a new Shaq Vs. (1.7/5,  4.21M), and another 90210 repeat (0.3/1, .57M).

At 10pm another new hour of America’s Got Talent (3.1/9, 10.97M) led the hour, followed by a repeat of The Mentalist (1.6/5, 7.35M) and Primetime:  The Outsiders (1.1/3, 3.33M)

Note: I know that some of you are unhappy with the lack of tables in these posts, and I am too, but that was done at Nielsen’s request,  but we plan on some better presentation without the pretty tables once the fall season starts.

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*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.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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