Clash of the Summer Reality Franchises: NBC Blows ‘Em All Away

Sep 4, 2013  •  Post A Comment

In the weekly Tuesday night showdown of reality franchises on the broadcast networks, NBC’s summer workhorse, "America’s Got Talent," crushed its rivals, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the two-hour "Talent," airing at 9 p.m., delivered a 2.3 average rating in viewers 18-49, easily the top number of the night on the broadcast nets. Going head-to-head at 8 p.m., Fox’s two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" and ABC’s two-hour "Extreme Weight Loss" managed only a 1.3 and a 1.2, respectively.

"Talent," which was up 5% from a week ago, helped NBC claim a win for prime time overall. The rest of the programming on the big four broadcast nets — including CBS’s entire prime-time lineup — consisted of repeats.

The overall numbers for broadcast prime show NBC on top with a 1.9 average in adults 18-49, followed by Univision (1.6 average), Fox (1.3), ABC (1.1) and CBS (0.9). The rankings tighten up in total viewers, with NBC still on top with 7.1 million, followed by CBS with 7.0 million, Fox with 4.1 million, Univision with 3.8 million and ABC with 3.7 million.

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