Ratings: NBC Wins ‘Hand in Hand’ Hurricane Relief Telethon Tuesday

It certainly didn’t hurt that “America’s Got Talent” was on deck

Nielsen is back up and running after Hurricane Irma caused delays at its Florida-based data-collection center. And the first primetime we got at a reasonable reporting time just so happens to be the evening of “Hand in Hand,” the multi-network live hurricane relief telethon.

NBC won that Tuesday benefit’s 8 o’clock hour — and then the rest of primetime, too. It certainly didn’t hurt that summer behemoth “America’s Got Talent” was on deck for 9 p.m. through 11.

All told, “Hand in Hand” hauled in about 16 million total viewers across broadcast.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Hand in Hand” at 8 earned a 1.1/4 and 6.1 million viewers. At 9, “AGT” scored a 2.2/9 and 11.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was second in ratings with a 0.7/3, but fourth in viewers with 1.65 million.

CBS and ABC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.6 million, ABC was third with 2.6 million.

For CBS, “Hand in Hand” landed a 0.6/2 and 4.1 million viewers. Reruns followed.

For ABC, the telethon had a 0.7/3 and 4 million viewers. After a repeat, “Somewhere Between” at 10 received a 0.3/1 and 1.6 million viewers.

Fox, Univision and The CW tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Fox was fifth in total viewers with 1.59 million; Univision was sixth with 1.2 million; The CW was seventh with 1 million, airing all reruns.

For Fox, the benefit got a 0.4/2 and 1.6 million viewers. A repeat followed.