NBC won Tuesday in total viewers (10.41 million), thanks to the debut of America’s Got Talent. The competition show was up 13 percent from last season’s premiere on June 23 among adults 18-49. The two-hour premiere built upon its audience with each half-hour, beginning with 10.3 million viewers at 8 p.m. and ending with roughly 13.5 million viewers at 9:30. It was the most-watched show of the night.
The season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen on Fox — together with an original episode of Glee — helped Fox to finish No. 1 for the night among the key adult demographics and teens. Kitchen posted a 2.9 rating/9 share among 18-49 — up 4 percent versus last season’s premiere on July 21 — and averaged 6.1 million viewers. It posted double-digit increases among adults 18-34 and teens.
Glee earned a 3.8/11 among 18-49 – down 21 percent without its American Idol lead-in, but up 15 percent from its fall season average. Fox says it was the most-watched episode (8.98 million) of the season that didn’t have an Idol lead-in.
ABC aired a special two-hour debut of Wipeout Blind Date, which averaged 8.2 million viewers.
CBS finished second last night in total viewers with 9.01 million, followed by ABC (8.02 million), and Fox (7.57 million).