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

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

Last Updated: September 13, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

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.