The season 4 premiere of America’s Got Talent was more than enough to push NBC to the top of the heap with an average 18-49 demo 2.6 rating for the night. The premiere of ABC’s The Superstars was anything but super.

Anchoring the win for NBC, the America’s Got Talent premiere demo rating was still down 14% from its season 3 premiere last June. In today’s broadcast world though, down 14% is the new up! Limping towards its finish tonight, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! fell to its lowest rating of the summer.

Going all new last night, ABC was still mired in 4th place. Besides the slow start for Superstars with only a 1.6 demo rating, a new episode of Better Off Ted was completely unwatched (Who will be the first to comment “But it was hardly promoted, I didn’t even know it was on!!!!”?), and Primetime: Family Secrets also delivered its lowest original rating ever.

CW’s Hitched or Ditched was flat in the 18-34 demo from last week. Fox’s Mental was down almost 20% in the 18-49 demo from last week.

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

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.8 6 1.0 4 10.874
ABC The Superstars (premiere) 1.5 5 1.1 4 4.477
NBC I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! 1.4 5 0.9 4 4.270
FOX House (repeat) 1.3 5 1.3 5 3.362
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.4 1 0.3 1 1.023
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent (premiere) 2.9 8 2.1 7 10.262
ABC The Superstars (premiere) 1.6 5 1.1 4 4.078
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.6 5 0.8 3 9.133
FOX Mental 1.2 3 1.0 3 3.689
CW Hitched or Ditched 0.5 2 0.6 2 1.300
9:30 ABC Better Off Ted 0.8 2 0.6 2 1.870
10:00 NBC America’s Got Talent (premiere) 3.6 11 3.0 10 12.338
CBS 48 Hours Mystery (repeat) 1.5 4 0.9 3 7.160
ABC Primetime: Family Secrets 1.2 3 0.9 3 3.359

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