Fox won the first Tuesday of August with adults 18-49. Hell’s Kitchen was steady with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and its 6.2 million total viewers were a season high.  MasterChef was down a tenth from last week to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating (same preliminary rating as last week when it was adjusted up a tenth in the national finals).

America’s Got Talent was down 0.2 from last week to a season low (for Tuesday telecasts) 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, though still the night’s top program with adults 18-49 and total viewers. ‘Talent’ was even with the same night one year ago, but in recent weeks has usually seen adjustments up of at least a tenth in the finals. Earlier in the night It’s Worth What?was down two-tenths to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating though.  NBC notes that:

  • From its first half-hour to its second, “It’s Worth What?” grew substantially in all key ratings categories, including gains of 18 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 1.3 from a 1.1), 18 percent in total viewers (5.2 million vs. 4.4 million), 29 percent in adults 25-54 (1.8 vs. 1.4) and 57 percent in adults 18-34 (1.1 vs. 0.7).

ABC ran a new Wipeout at 8pm that scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and the premiere of Take the Money & Run was a retentionistas dream, retaining almost all of it with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Not a home run, but for summer, ABC will probably take it. Next week it gets another new episode of Wipeout as its lead-in, but the real test is in two weeks when Wipeout goes back to repeats at 8pm on Tuesday.  Combat Hospital was up a tenth from last week to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, August 2, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.6/9 6.17
ABC Wipeout 2.0/6 6.49
CBS NCIS (R) 1.4/5 9.52
NBC It’s Worth What? 1.2/4 4.78
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.72
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 2.9/8 11.34
FOX MasterChef 2.4/7 5.84
ABC Take the Money & Run (Premiere) 1.9/5 5.14
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 1.4/4 7.96
CW Shedding for the Wedding (R) 0.2/1 0.40
10:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.0/9 11.83
CBS 48 Hours Mystery  (R) 1.0/3 4.79
ABC Combat Hospital 1.0/3 3.75

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,” 2.9/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.2/5; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.7/6; 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,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; “Nightline,” 0.8/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.


  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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