By Mandi Bierly
Updated July 22, 2009 at 08:02 PM EDT

NBC’s America’s Got Talentcontinued its summer domination Tuesday night, topping the ratings chart with 13.7 million viewers, according to preliminary numbers. The two-hour season premiere of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen was greeted by 6.5 million viewers. That’s a 40 percent decline from its season 5 opener in January, however this time the Gordon Ramsay show wasn’t following American Idol.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.


9.4 (repeat)

9 p.m.

America’s Got Talent (NBC)


9:30 p.m.

Scrubs (ABC)

1.7 (repeat)

10 p.m.

Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

7.6 (repeat)

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