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Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' wins Tuesday

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Although it’s still waiting for its Susan Boyle media sensation, NBC’s America’s Got Talent was a hit in the ratings Tuesday night, topping repeats of CBS powerhouses NCIS and The Mentalist to be the evening’s most-watched show. With the help of a 48 Hours special on Michael Jackson in the 10 p.m. hour, CBS was, however, the most-watched network, according to overnight numbers. Critics continue to rave about ABC’s Better Off Ted, but its audience of 1.8 million viewers was the low point of ABC’s standard third-place night.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS)

America’s Got Talent (NBC)

The Superstars (ABC)

Movie: Legally Blonde (Fox)

90210 (The CW)

10.7 (repeat)

8.2 (repeat)



0.8 (repeat)

9 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC)

The Mentalist (CBS)

Hitched or Ditched (The CW)


10.4 (repeat)


9:30 p.m. Better off Ted (ABC) 1.8
10 p.m. Michael Jackson: Picking Up the Pieces (CBS)

Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Primetime: Family Secrets (ABC)


7.3 (repeat)


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