Ratings: ‘Talent’ Tops; ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Beats ‘It’s Worth What?’ Debut

Cedric the Entertainer’s new venture provides a 20 percent boost to NBC over last summer’s average, but can’t match Gordon Ramsay’s heat

Last Updated: July 20, 2011 @ 9:55 AM

"America's Got Talent" easily won Tuesday night despite a sharp decline from last week, while "Hell's Kitchen" held steady to beat the premiere of NBC's reality show "It's Worth What?" according to preliminary numbers.

"America's Got Talent" on NBC at 9 p.m. slid 18 percent, tying its Tuesday low for the season so far with a 3.3 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 12.3 million total viewers. It was preceded by the premiere of Cedric the Entertainer's new bargain-hunting game show "It's Worth What?" at 8, which bowed to a 1.8/6 in the demo.

That was a 20 percent increase over the network's time-slot average for the demo last summer, when the network primarily ran "Losin' It With Jillian," "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" and "Minute to Win It" in the slot. The series premiere garnered 5.3 million total viewers.

"It's Worth What?" came in second in its time slot to Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" at 8, which ran even with Monday's premiere, receiving a 2.5/8 in the demo and 5.7 million total viewers. It was followed by "MasterChef" at 9, which enjoyed a 5 percent uptick from its last Tuesday airing on July 5, taking a 2.2/8 in the demo and 5.3 million total viewers.

ABC's primetime slate began with a repeat of "Wipeout" at 8, followed by "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" at 9, which dropped 6 percent to a series low with a 1.5/4 in the demo and 5.4 million total viewers. "Combat Hospital" closed out the night at 10, which ran flat last week to tie for a season low with a 0.8/2 in the demo and 3.7 million total viewers.

CBS ran repeats throughout the evening.