Fox comedies “The New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” dropped substantially from last year’s season premieres, tying the net for third place in the key demo with Univision on Tuesday. Additionally, Univision bested Fox in total viewers in primetime.
NBC topped the night across both metrics, thanks to a strong “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday performance finale, which was up a hair from last year.
The network was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 9.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a rerun, “AGT” at 9 p.m. earned a night-high 2.5/8, and had 11.4 million viewers.
CBS was second in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in viewers with 5.7 million. A special “Big Brother” at 8 scored a 2.3/8 and 6.9 million viewers. Reruns followed.
Univision and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 1.2/4. Univision was fourth in viewers with three million, Fox was fifth with 2.7 million.
For Fox, “Utopia” at 8 got a 1.0/3 and 2.5 million viewers. At 9, the “New Girl” season premiere had a 1.6/5 — down 45 percent from last year’s opener — and 3.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “The Mindy Project” season debut got a 1.3/4 — down 32 percent from 2013’s season premiere — and 2.8 million viewers.
ABC was fifth in ratings with a 1.1/4, but second in total viewers with 6.2 million. At 8, the “Dancing With the Stars” results show received a 2.1/7 and a primetime-best 12.3 million viewers. Following a repeat, the third “20/20: From Hell” special at 10 got a 0.6/2 and 3.2 million viewers.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in total viewers with 1.6 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with one million, airing reruns.