Blowout in the Broadcast Ratings

Jul 23, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Tuesday prime time was no contest in the broadcast ratings, based on Nielsen overnights. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC crushed the competition, with its two-hour "America's Got Talent" more than doubling its closest rival in the key 18-49 demo.

"Talent" moved to the 9-11 p.m. time slot, and was actually down a little, slipping 8% from its most recent episode to a 2.4 average in 18-49. Leading into it, the series premiere of "Food Fighters" had a soft 1.0 average, 33% below last summer's premiere of "Get Out Alive: Bear Grylls." The report notes that "Get Out Alive" had "American Ninja Warrior" as a lead-in.

CBS and Fox aired all-repeat lineups in prime time, but even with a slate of fresh programming, ABC couldn't compete for the win. Its two-hour "Extreme Weight Loss" settled for a 0.9 in viewers 18-49, off 10% from last week, and "Celebrity Wife Swap" matched its all-time low with a 0.8, falling 27% from a week ago.

The poor turnout on ABC, CBS and Fox enabled Spanish-language Univision to slip into second place behind NBC.

For prime time overall, NBC led the way with its 2.0 average rating, followed by Univision (1.2 average), ABC (0.9), CBS (0.8) and Fox (0.5). It was a little closer in total viewers, but NBC was again on top, averaging 8.4 million to lead CBS (6.7 million), ABC (3.2 million), Univision (3.0 million) and Fox (1.3 million).

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