Fueled by two hours of America’s Got Talent, NBC won its sixth straight Tuesday with adults 18-49 and total viewers. It’s Worth What? had a modest start with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, but at least that was 20% better than the average for the time period last Summer (1.5), and it grew from half hour to half hour (1.7 to 1.9).  America’s Got Talent averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating which is an 18% tumble from last week’s 4.0 and its lowest Tuesday this summer. Note: it has been typical for AGT to be adjusted up a tenth or two in the final numbers. Despite the week-to-week drop, that’ was still 10% better than the equivalent night last summer, and 18% better with total viewers (12.3 million vs. 10.5 million).

Fox’s second night of Gordon Ramsay was good enough for second place with the Tuesday premiere of Hell’s Kitchen averaging a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and retaining 100% of it’s Monday night premiere.MasterChef averaged a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 5% from its last Tuesday telecast (July 5) for it’s best Tuesday performance of the summer.

On ABC, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show was down another 5% to a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Combat Hospital was steady versus last Tuesday but tied its series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, July 19, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.5/8 5.77
NBC It’s Worth What? (Premiere) 1.8/6 6.71
CBS NCIS (R) 1.7/6 10.17
ABC Wipeout (R) 1.6/5 5.49
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.75
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.2/9 12.07
FOX MasterChef 2.2/6 5.35
ABC 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show 1.5/4 4.76
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 1.3/4 8.01
CW Shedding for the Wedding (R) 0.2/1 0.51
10:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.4/9 12.61
CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 1.2/3 5.58
ABC Combat Hospital 0.8/2 3.78

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,” 3.2/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.4/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.4/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.1/3.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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