NBC won the primetime ratings wars Tuesday night thanks to "America's Got Talent," "Minute to Win It" and the absence of British chef Gordon Ramsay. Without Gordon Ramsay, Fox's Tuesday winning streak came to an end last night, the network landed in fourth place behind NBC, ABC and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision.
FOX STREAK FIZZLES Ramsay's shows "Hell's Kitchen" and "Masterchef" have been summer hits for Fox, the pair of cooking competitions led the network to seven straight Tuesday night ratings wins. Season seven of "Hell's Kitchen" ended last week and Fox moved "Masterchef" to Wednesday nights starting this week. Ramsay's shows were replaced with two re-runs of "Glee," which combined for a 1.4 rating/4 share in the key adults 18-49 demographic from 8-10p.m.
TOP TALENT NBC won Tuesday night with a 2.4/7 average from 8-11 p.m. The network's lineup began with a repeat of the game show "Minute to Win It" followed by a two-hour episode of "America's Got Talent" that posted a 2.8/8.
MIDDLEMEN ABC finished in the number two spot with "Wipeout," "Shaq Vs." and a 2.2/7 average. "Wipeout" was up fifteen percent compared to its performance against the "Hell's Kitchen" finale last week. Univision posted a 1.8/6 primetime average and came in third.
BRINGING UP THE REAR Audiences are avoiding CBS' Tuesday night repeats of "NCIS," "NICS: LA" and "The Good Wife." The network stays competitive with its other summers re-runs, but it continually comes in last with this Tuesday trio. CBS ended up on the bottom of the Tuesday charts again with a 1.2/4 average last night.