Fox won the night with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10pm as MasterChef scored a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 in the special 8-9p hour time slot. Its finale at 9p drew all-time series highs in both adults 18-49 with a 2.8 rating and total viewers with 7.0 million.

America’s Got Talent was down 0.3 from last week’s finals to a Tuesday summer low 2.7 adults 18-49 rating between 9-11p, but note in recent weeks AGT has typically been adjusted up between 0.1-0.3 in the national finals. Earlier in the night Its Worth What? was down a tenth to a season low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Last night ABC’s Take the Money and Run didn’t have the luxury of a new Wipeout as its lead-in and was down 22% to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  The repeat Wipeout at 8p was down 20% from last week’s original to a 1.6 adults 18-49. At 10pm Combat Hospital was up a tenth to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, but last week it also had a 0.9 preliminary rating with adults 18-49 that was adjusted down a tenth in th finals.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 16, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX MasterChef (Season Finale) 2.4/8 6.08
ABC Wipeout (R) 1.6/5 5.45
CBS NCIS (R) 1.2/4 8.54
NBC It’s Worth What? 1.0/3 4.07
CW 90210 (R) 0.4/1 0.99
9:00 FOX MasterChef (Season Finale) 2.8/8 7.00
NBC America’s Got Talent 2.6/7 9.93
ABC Take the Money & Run 1.4/4 3.63
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 1.3/4 7.80
CW Shedding for the Wedding (R) 0.3/1 0.74
10:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 2.9/8 10.20
CBS Hawaii Five-0 (R) 1.1/3 5.84
ABC Combat Hospital 0.9/3 3.63

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,” 2.6/7 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.7/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.5/2 with an encore; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (0.9/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) 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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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.

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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. 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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