ABC’s premiere of “The Last Defense” didn’t win its appeal on Tuesday, when the docuseries debuted to soft Nielsen numbers.
Instead, NBC dominated its broadcast competition with “America’s Got Talent” and “World of Dance” — yes, again.
With “Beat Shazam” and “Love Connection,” Fox finished tied with Telemundo for second place in the key adults 18-49 demo. The English-language broadcaster finished fourth in terms of total viewers, Telemundo settled for sixth.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “AGT” at 8 p.m. scored a 2.2/10 and 11.3 million viewers. At 10, “World of Dance” twirled to a 1.5/7 and 6.2 million viewers.
Fox and Telemundo tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.6/3. Fox was fourth in viewers with 2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.4 million.
For Fox, “Beat Shazam” at 8 had a 0.7/4 and 2.3 million viewers. At 9, “Love Connection” got a 0.5/2 and 1.6 million viewers.
CBS and ABC tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 5.1 million, ABC was third with 2.4 million.
For CBS, following some reruns, “48 Hours: NCIS” at 10 received a 0.5/2 and 4.4 million viewers.
For ABC, after a pair of repeats, “Last Defense” at 10 premiered to a 0.5/2 and 2.7 million viewers. Somewhat sadly, that overall audience for the Viola Davis-narrated documentary series was ABC’s biggest in the summertime hour since August 2016.
Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million, airing just reruns.