NBC's "America's Got Talent" had more eyeballs, but the premieres of two ABC extreme reality shows drew in younger viewers on Tuesday.
Overall, NBC averaged a 6.6 rating/11 share, comfortably ahead of the 5.0/9 for CBS and the 4.8/8 for ABC. FOX's 3.5/6 was good for fourth, while The CW's 1.0/2 brought up the rear.
Among adults 18-49, though, ABC's averaged a 3.1 rating, beating NBC's 2.8 rating to win the key demographic. FOX moved up to third with a 2.4 rating. CBS' 1.4 rating and the 0.6 rating for The CW trailed.
In the 8 p.m. hour, NBC's "Celebrity Family Feud" had a 5.8/10, edging the 5.7/10 for ABC's "Wipeout," though the splashy ABC series averaged more viewers and dominated the young adult demos. CBS' "NCIS" was third with a 5.2/9, while FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" encore and The CW's "Beauty and the Geek" drew minimal attention.
NBC grabbed a commanding lead at 9 p.m. with the 6.8/11 for "America's Got Talent." CBS' "48 Hours Mystery" took second, beating the 4.8/8 for FOX's new "Hell's Kitchen." ABC's "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" lost much of its lead-in, falling to a 4.4/7, but still finished second in the demo. The CW's "Reaper" had a 1.2/2.
"America's Got Talent" closed strong for NBC with a 7.2/12 in the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' "Without a Trace" had a 4.6/8, edging ABC's Amish-centric "Primetime" special.